Love, If You Say So
Original title: Liefde, Als Dat Het Is
Marijke Schermer flawlessly analyzes how love takes its course. — Het Parool
‘On every page Schermer excels with sentences that seem ordinary, but are packed with meaning. After every striking sentence, I had to put the book down for a while. This book is about love – if you say so, of course – and who has not become its victim? — Trouw
Schermer’ technical ingenuity traps you and makes you question your standards, assumptions and blind spots. […] This is a big and definitive, but also investigative story about love. Schermer is becoming one of the most interesting writers in the Netherlands fast. ***** NRC Handelsblad
Can you retain your individuality within romantic bonds, can you maintain respect for one another when romance turns into habit? Is complete union a primal desire for all, or does it make more sense to have a limited relationship with your lover? I have no answers or strong opinions to offer; I simply wanted to take a closer look at this theme. Closer than we normally would, using fluid, changing perspectives, moving along with all the characters at the same time – I wanted the reader to be right there with them. — Marijke Schermer
Love, If You Say So tells about the many manifestations of love: adolescent romanticism, lust, ‘till death do us part’, or the intense, fleeting moment. It’s a highly modern story about an eternal subject.
A woman leaves her children and her marriage of twenty years. Her husband takes care of their two daughters, who are falling in love for the first time. These four people start to question their identity outside the nuclear family. What remains of a disintegrated home, and what changes?
What is freedom? Marijke Schermer skilfully shows how these four characters develop: by shifting perspective her novel is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a separation. Love, if you say so tells about the many manifestations of love: adolescent romanticism, lust, ‘till death do us part’, or the intense, fleeting moment. It’s a highly modern story about an eternal subject.
- English translation available
- Over 15,000 copies sold
- Selected for the Libris Literature Prize
- Shortlisted for the Booksellers Prize and the Libris Literatuurprijs