Love, if You Say So

Original title: Liefde, Als Dat Het Is

Author: Schermer, Marijke

Publication Date:

June 2019

Pages:

208

Original language and publisher

Dutch | Van Oorschot

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. Dutch

Territories Sold

Germany (Kampa Verlag)

Genre

Literary Fiction

Love, if You Say So

Original title: Liefde, Als Dat Het Is

Author: Schermer, Marijke

Synopsis

‘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

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.

Marijke Schermer (1975) is a playwright and a novelist. Her plays were performed by various famous theatre companies and have been translated. Her first novel, People in the Sun, was published in 2013 and was voted ‘best debut’ by Trouw. Her second novel, Debris, was published in in 2016, to much acclaim, and was translated in Danish (Grif), German (Kampa Verlag) and Spanish (Alfaguara).

Marketing Information

  • English sample available
  • Over 6,000 copies sold
  • Selected for the Libris Literature Prize
  • Shortlisted for the Booksellers Prize