After a school trip to the beach Boy seems to have disappeared from the face of the Earth. Suicide, the police conclude after his body surfaces. But his adoptive mother can’t live with that conclusion.

Dead set on finding out who was responsible for Boy’s death she follows a trail to the drama teacher, Hannah, who took the class to the beach that day. Hannah has since begun a new life in the countryside of Bulgaria and welcomes Boy’s mother unsuspectingly. While the snow begins to fall, the two women strike up an oppressive relationship where nothing is what it seems. As trust grows, Hannah begins, in pieces, to tell the story of Boy. His mother, meanwhile, thinks of only one thing: revenge.

 Boy is a keen, poignant book about the influence of grief. It is the impressive follow-up to The Discharged, Wytske Versteeg’s matchless debut novel that made the longlist for the AKO Literature Prize and the Opzij Literature Award.

Original title:

Versteeg - Boy

September 2013
192 pages

Rights: Sebes (world)

5000 copies sold

Wytske Versteeg broke through in 2012 with The Discharged. She contributes to, among others,NRC Handelsblad, De Revisor, Das magazine, Nouveau, and the VPRO Guide.
Press comments about Boy:

‘A huge discovery; one would like to say it more often about a debut novel, but rarely is it possible: the Netherlands is a writer richer.’ NRC Handelsblad

‘Extreme, uninterrupted drama. With her contemplative, almost careless tone, Versteeg keeps the suffering at a distance, allowing the reader room to breathe.’ Vrij Nederland

 ‘Versteeg appoints uncomfortable truths.’ Het Parool