The Discomfort of Evening
I asked God if he please couldn’t take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit. ‘Amen.’
Ten-year-old Jas has a unique way of experiencing her universe: the feeling of udder ointment on her skin as protection against harsh winters; the texture of green warts, like capers, on migrating toads; the sound of ‘blush words’ that aren’t in the Bible. But when a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity warps into a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies – unlocking a darkness that threatens to derail them all.
A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s radical debut novel is studded with images of wild, violent beauty: a world of language unlike any other, exquisitely captured in Michele Hutchison’s translation.
About the Author
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (born 1991) is regarded as one of the greatest talents in Dutch literature. In 2015 she made her debut with the poetry collection Calfskin. It has been reprinted multiple times and was awarded the C. Buddingh’ Prize for best poetry debut.
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