The Discomfort of Evening
The Discomfort of Evening

The Discomfort of Evening

The 'Hotly Anticipated' (Observer) Bestselling Dutch Sensation

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld


I thought about being too small for so much, but that no one told you when you were big enough, how many centimetres on the doorpost that was, and I asked God if he please couldn't take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit.
Released on March 19, 2020
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The sensational Dutch bestseller: Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's extraordinary portrait of a farming family distorted by grief, translated by Michele Hutchison.

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.

'Rijneveld takes us into the bleak Dutch countryside, into a family's grief, and inside the mind of a girl who is in hiding from her own life. This beautiful, strange novel is filled with sentences that stopped me dead' – Chris Power

'By the time it hits UK shelves in March, thousands of copies of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's debut will already have been sold around Europe and beyond. A celebrity writer in her native Netherlands, the 28-year-old also works on a dairy farm, and the novel is set on one, too. Centring on a young girl whose brother dies in an ice-skating accident, it takes the reader on a haunting journey. Rijneveld is also an award-winning poet, which shows in her sensory language and the beautifully wild images that linger in the mind' – The Guardian (2020 Fiction Highlights)

'There are a number of hotly anticipated debuts hitting the shelves ... Discomfort of Evening (Faber, March), translated by Michelle Hutchison, is a rich and luminous novel about fate and grief. It is already a bestseller in Holland' – Observer (2020 Fiction Highlights)

'The literary name to know ... Religion and present-day rural life provide the tragic backdrop for this story, which traces a dairy farmer's daughter as she copes with the aftermath of her young brother's death in an ice-skating accident. It is equally gripping in translation' – Vogue (Top 5 Debuts of 2020)
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Book publisher Faber & Faber
Publication date 19 Mar 2020
Format Paperback
Pages 288
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