You Have Me to Love
Mikael lives with his parents on a small, remote island. At the age of nine, his father disappears into the sea. Mikael keeps silent about what actually happened. Guilt and inner conflicts torment and consume him, but then his mother forces him to do the impossible…
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The narrator of this gripping story is a sensitive, lucid boy of nine, Mikael, who lives with his parents on a remote island. When he witnesses his father disappear into the sea, he does not tell his mother what actually happened. In the years that follow, he carries the burden of his guilt and seems content with the little the island has to offer. But more and more his mother claims his attention until she forces him to do the impossible.
This debut novel won the Dutch Booksellers Award in 2014.