A unique novel about goodness and compassion
Alphonse is a Senegalese immigrant who uproots his life in Brussels to become a handyman in rural Flanders. Likeable and charismatic, people cannot help but reveal their secrets, desires and unexpected dreams to him. In her typically astute style, Verbeke weaves a vivid and thought-provoking tale of contemporary life, subtly touching upon timely themes such as refugees and racism. Thirty Days is a deeply moving story about love, outsiders and the human need to connect.
November 6, 2018
“A powerful novel that is as subtle and thoughtful as it is earth-shattering, with an ending that will break your heart” —The Gazette
“An artful examination of the rich, interior life of one Senegalese immigrant, living in Belgium” —The Literary Review
“For all the serious issues it explores, it is also very funny and astute. It is not only a European book, it is a fearless exposé of the world we live in and how we live. Verbeke conveys the essential hostility underlying human behaviour. It is often hilarious, and equally often it is shocking. ” —The Irish Times
“Thirty Days is a novel about goodness and compassion. The book finds the perfect balance between sensitivity and humor, hopefulness and criticism, cheer and despair.” —Flanders Literature
“An immensely stylish book…a profoundly moving, insightful and witty piece of work, a book that has the capacity to make readers laugh and cry. It is, quite simply, fantastic.” —ANN MORGAN, A Year of Reading the World