Tender rites


‘Lucas swims ahead of me with his short, powerful stroke. He hovers at a fixed distance in my mind. Why can I not catch him, even while I think I am swimming ever harder?’

Guusje Bouhuys, poetry teacher, family friend, sister, has put the brakes on her life. When her best friend is accused of plagiarism and a dear colleague becomes ill, she realizes that she must leave her carefully secured universe. In an absorbing style, both ironic and bittersweet, Marja Pruis writes about the desire to remain faithful to the people who walk with you, even if they are no longer there. Can you save another, protect them from the fall? Can you conserve yourself as in a poem? Tender Rites is about the conflict of the human soul, the meaning of poetry and the place of love in our lives.

Original title:

Pruis - Zachte riten
Zachte riten

February 2016
2000 copies sold

Marja Pruis has written, among others, the highly-acclaimed novels The Confidant and Atomic Secrets and the biographical portret If You’re Away. Her book About Patricia de Martelaere achieved five print runs. She is a renowned critic and columnist for De Groene Amsterdammer. Her essay Kiss me, Punish Me about reading, writing, love and betrayal was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize and won the Jan Hanlo Essay Prize.

About Marja Pruis:

‘Sensual, silky softness and blunt humor.’ Daniëlle Serdijn, de Volkskrant

‘One of the best writers of the moment.’ Arie Storm, HP/De Tijd

‘Fascinating and exciting until the last word. Pruis is a born storyteller.’ Elsbeth Etty, NRC Handelsblad

 ‘Homely and feminine success story seamlessly put together.’ Lies Schut, De Telegraaf

‘Never a dull moment, and divinely good one liners.’ Fleur Speet, Het Financieele Dagblad

‘Sweet and infectious.’ Katja de Bruin, VPRO Gids

‘Witty and sharp.’ Opzij