- Puskin Press (UK)
About the book
In Werther Nieland, eleven-year-old Elmer inhabits a childhood of superstition, private lore and secret societies that only certain friends can join (and of which he is always president). When a new boy – pale, spindly Werther – arrives in the neighbourhood, a subtle game of fascination and persecution begins.
The Fall of the Boslowitz Family is set in WWII Amsterdam. A young boy watches as Germans occupy the city. At first his parents’ friends, the Boslowits family, think they have little to fear. Then, slowly, terribly, their fate is sealed. In these haunting novellas from the acclaimed author of The Evenings, the world of childhood, in all its magic and strangeness, darkness and cruelty, is evoked with piercing wit and dreamlike intensity. Here, the things seen through a child’s eyes are far from innocent.