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Summer Coat (Zomer Vacht)



Original Language: Dutch | 320 pp. | September 2018

2 Seas Represents: French & Portuguese Rights

Rights sold: World English (World Editions), Czech Republic (Vysehrad), Film rights (Family Affair Films)

English sample available

Selected for the Dutch Foundation for Literature’s ‘Ten Books’ brochure

Over 25,000 copies sold

Longlisted for the Libris Literature Prize 2019

Author of the bestselling novel You Have Me to Love, over 50,000 copies sold

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Thirteen-year-old Brian lives with his father in a caravan on a remote plot. Brian’s mentally and physically disabled brother Lucien has been admitted to an institution. Because of a renovation during the summer it is necessary for Lucien to be cared for elsewhere. Brian’s father, mainly motivated by the prospect of receiving compensation, brings Lucien to the caravan and puts young Brian in charge of his brother’s care.

But how to talk to someone who does not speak? How to care for someone if you do not know what they need? How to make the right choices if you still have so much to discover yourself?

Japp Robben (1984) is a Dutch poet, novelist, playwright, performer and author of several highly praised children’s books. His first novel for adults, You Have Me to Love has received great critical acclaim in the Netherlands and was awarded the Dioraphte Prize and the ANV Debut Prize. Dutch bookseller selected You Have Me to Love as the best book of 2014 and it will be made into a film by New Amsterdam Film Company.