You Have Me to Love

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5.5 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

JAAP ROBBEN is a popular Dutch poet, playwright, actor, and children's author. You Have Me to Love is his first novel. It received glowing reviews in the Dutch press and won the prize for the best Dutch debut novel and the 2014 Dutch Booksellers Award. DAVID DOHERTY studied English and literary linguistics in the UK before moving to Amsterdam, where he has been translating all manner of Dutch texts since 1996. He was commended by the jury of the 2017 Vondel Translation Prize for Marente de Moor's The Dutch Maiden and Jaap Robben's You Have Me to Love, and was runner-up in 2019 for his translation of Monte Carlo by Peter Terrin. Jaap Robben's Summer Brother, which Doherty most recently translated, was longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize.


"You Have Me to Love is an intense and dramatic novel filled with meticulous use of detail and a forensic psychological accuracy. Its power comes from the fierce energy of the narrative structure, the way of handling silence and pain, and the ability to confront the darkest areas of experience with clear-eyed sympathy and care. 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, author of House of Names and Brooklyn

"Moving between child-like speculation and shocking realism, Robben's novel transports the reader into lives almost beyond imagining in the contemporary world. With echoes of Ian McEwan and Peter Carey, Robben's tale, already a huge success in the Netherlands, is one to savor and discuss." --ALA Booklist

"Robben's novel explores raw and unsettling psychological territory. It is a story that once read will stick with the reader for a long time." --The Literary Review

"A small masterpiece" ―Harper's Bazaar

"This debut novel from a much-anticipated Dutch voice has a difficult tale to tell. A story of isolation and connection, the characters in this book are secluded on an island and rocked by tragedy. Suddenly left stranded when the father of a small family is swept out to sea, their trauma fills the mother with grief and the son with guilt. The question becomes, what will Mikael do to make his mother feel whole again?" --World Literature Today

"This is a bold, tender and ambivalent narrative, raw and disturbing, with moments of painful beauty...a taut narrative heavy with a convincing sense of dread." ―Irish Times

"Like a record stuck in its groove, it won't let me go." ―European Literature Network