Kees van Beijnum – The Beautiful Season
About the book
The ominous disappearance of a child while under her supervision lands Beatrijs, a family coach, in a media-fed nightmare of accusation and fear. After a humiliating experience with classmates, Arno, her son, decides to stop attending his secondary school. In order to conceal his absence from his mother he hides each day in the nearby house of Christian, a mysterious former teacher who lives alone.
There are enough ingredients in Kees van Beijnum’s grand novel The Beautiful Season for an inevitable and heart-wrenching drama - Margriet
A thrilling story about small decisions and disastrous consequences - AD
A current, engaged, beautifully balanced novel. - Het Parool
Plotlines and dialogues are supplely interwoven in a suspenseful, socially engaged novel with sympathy for the well-intentioned underdog. – VPRO Gids
Kees van Beijnum (b. 1954) is the author of successful novels including Dichter op de Zeedijk (Poet on the Zeedijk), which was published in 1995 and nominated for the AKO Literature Prize, while the movie based upon it won the Golden Calf – the Dutch equivalent of the Academy Awards. De ordening (The Arrangement), published in 1998, was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize, and the film version was nominated for a Golden Calf. De oesters van Nam Kee (Oysters at Nam Kee) appeared in 2000, was made into a movie and won the 2001 F. Bordewijk Prize. Recent novels areParadiso and Een soort familie (Kind of Family) which was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize. De Offers (Sacrifice, 2014) was published by C. Bertelsmann in Germany.