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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Language

English

Format

Paperback

Genre

Literary novel

ISBN

9781642860016

Translator(s)

David Doherty

Pages

248

Original Title

Birk

Year of publication

2018

Date of publication 4 September 2018

Reviews

'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

About the author

Jaap Robben

The multitalented Jaap Robben is a Dutch poet, novelist, playwright and performer. Author of several highly praised children's books, You Have Me to Love is his first novel for adults. It has received great critical acclaim in the Netherlands and was awarded the Dioraphte Prize and the ANV Debut Prize. Dutch booksellers selected You Have Me to Love as the best book of 2014. You Have Me to Love will be made into a film by CTM Pictures.