Craving (US edition)

By Esther Gerritsen

‘Cool, sparse, and delicious, Esther Gerritsen’s Craving hits all the right notes. This is an author who is unafraid of both complex characters and complex emotion (Thank God ).’–Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

Elisabeth is dying. Coco jumps at this chance to prove her love, and promptly moves in with her deteriorating mother. A venture that quickly sends both parties spiraling out of control. Alongside a supporting cast of ex-bosses, ex-husbands, and (soon to be ex) boyfriends, the two…
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Details

Language

English

Format

Paperback

Genre

Literary novel

ISBN

9781642860023

Translator(s)

Michele Hutchison

Pages

192

Original Title

Dorst

Year of publication

2018

Date of publication 2 October 2018

Reviews

'With its deceptively simple but extraordinary language and its sophisticated humour, Craving is a small gem amongst recent Dutch literature.' —Herman Koch, author of The Dinner“Cool, sparse, and delicious, Esther Gerritsen’s Craving hits all the right notes. This is an author who is unafraid of both complex characters and complex emotion (Thank God!).”—Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones‘The lives of others, in all their peculiarity, are given sympathetic scrutiny in this diverting European oddity, in cool prose and naturalistic dialogue.’ —Kirkus Reviews‘Gerritsen shows an almost surgical ability to slice to the bare nerves of difficult human relationships, in a precise and spare voice.’ —Daily Mail

About the author

Esther Gerritsen

Esther Gerritsen (the Netherlands) is an established novelist and playwright. Her successful novel Craving was published in English last year and shortlisted for the Vondel Prize. Roxy was nominated for the Dutch Libris Literature Prize and film rights have been sold.

Book Club Questions

Book Club Questions

  1. The novel is called Craving. What expressions of this theme can you find within the text?
  2. Did it take time to get into reading the book or were you immediately drawn into the story? Why or why not?
  3. Do you identify more with Elizabeth or Coco? Why?
  4. What effects do Elizabeth and Coco have on each other’s personality? Can you see ways in which one has shaped the other?
  5. Try to put yourself in Coco’s place in the final scene. What do you think she is feeling, and why?
  6. Why do you think Elizabeth’s husband left her? Do you think he still harbors feelings for her?
  7. How do you think having a child affected Elizabeth?
  8. What is the significance of Coco’s crashing through the window?
  9. Can you identify points in which the characters fail to understand each other? Or, alternatively, points when they want or try to?
  10. How does Elizabeth’s boss feel about Elizabeth?
  11. What effect does Elizabeth’s cancer diagnosis have on each of the main characters?
  12. Was the setting one that felt familiar or relatable to you? Why or why not?
  13. Did you come away from this book wanting to read more by this author or in this style?