The bizarre fantasy world of a lonely adolescent
Inventive, dreamy Gieles lives with his father and a flock of geese on a plane-spotters’ campsite next to an airstrip. The surrounding landscape, reclaimed from the sea, is as isolated as Gieles himself. The fourteen-year-old boy is longing for the mysterious dreadlocked girl he’s met online, and for the affection of his absent mother, off on hapless missions to save the world. Gieles conceives a desperate, dangerous plan to attract his mother’s attention. He’ll be a hero—just like Captain Sully, who bravely landed on the Hudson after geese flew into his engines. This charmingly upbeat novel describes the fantasy-driven world of a teenage boy. At the same time, it tells the incredible story about how the Dutch turned water into land.
March 5, 2019
“A funny, tenderhearted book reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine. A wonderful mix of humor and gentle melancholy.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A book you’ll feel homesick for as soon as you’ve closed it” —PETER BUWALDA, author of Bonita Avenue
“A well-balanced, complete novel that stands out because of its many themes and quirky, eccentric characters, whose tragicomic character traits are movingly identifiable” —JURY, DIORAPHTE PRIZE
“The Dutch Annie Proulx” —Opzij
“A captivating story about a heartwarming adolescent” —Algemeen Dagblad