You Have Me to Love (US Edition)

By Jaap Robben

Mikael lives with his parents on a small, remote island. At the age of nine, his father disappears into the sea. Mikael keeps silent about what actually happened. Guilt and inner conflicts torment and consume him, but then his mother forces him to do the impossible……
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Literary novel




David Doherty



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Date of publication 4 September 2018

‘Beautiful, just beautiful.’ —Gerbrand Bakker, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2010 and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013.  

‘In this tremendous book, Jaap Robben explores isolation, guilt, mother- and childhood, in the most unexpected way. Robben's crystal clear sentences combined with his deep gaze into the flipsides of human behaviour—and love— makes this an uforgetable read. Run to the bookstores, people.’ —Dorthe Nors, writer of Karate Chop

‘Jaap Robben handles delicate, dangerous material with subtlety and sympathy, but also with a visionary sense of truth that is masterly and unforgettable.’ —Colm Tóibín

‘Moving between child-like speculation and shocking realism, Robben’s novel transports the reader into lives almost beyond imagining in the contemporary world. With echoes of Ian McEwan and Peter Carey, Robben’s tale is one to savor and discuss.’ —Alexander Moran, Booklist

Jaap Robben

Jaap Robben (1984) is a poet, playwright, performer, and acclaimed children’s author. You Have Me to Love, his first novel for adults, has received international glowing reviews and is the winner of the 2014 Dutch Booksellers Award, the Dioraphte Prize, and the ANV Award for best Dutch debut. To date, the novel has sold over 50,000 copies in the Netherlands and is available in ten languages. You Have Me to Love is currently being adapted into an English-language film. Robben was chosen as one of the featured debut authors at the 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival. Photo: © Charlie de Keersmaecker