Peter Terrin / Peter Terrin – Patricia

Peter Terrin – Patricia

Peter Terrin – Patricia

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About the book

Astrid is a successful event manager, aged thirty-nine. At the exact moment when her career and motherhood become too much, she drops her iPhone into her young son’s bathwater. For the outside world, which continually makes demands on her, she is suddenly impossible to reach. Then she does the unthinkable. She walks out of the house, starts her car, and drives away from her desirable neighbourhood. On the motorway she comes to her senses and is panic-stricken. She hurries back, fearful something will happen to her five-year-old son Louis. But when she unexpectedly finds her husband David’s car parked outside the house, she doesn’t dare show her face. From then on she is in search of a way back into her own life. Peter Terrin succeeds in keeping the reader in suspense from beginning to end as he tells the story of Patricia, a woman in crisis who is forced to question everything she thought she knew about herself.

Just like Monte Carlo, Patricia has the international allure that should bring it far outside our borders.
(…) Terrin is a master of the miniature scenes: the small moments, captured so precisely that it seems like you’re not reading them, but experiencing them. Terrin observes with a jealousy-inducing eye for detail and writes it down flawlessly, in his unique, clean style. – Humo ****

Press on previous work:

In Monte Carlo Peter Terrin shows his great talent and craftsmanship. - De Standaard *****

Brave and challenging. Yucca penetrates right into the unconscious. - De Volkskrant ****


Peter Terrin (b. 1968) won the prestigious AKO Literature Prize in 2012, with Post Mortem. His novels The Guard (2009) and Monte Carlo (2014) were both on the shortlist for the Libris Literature Prize. In 2016 came Yucca, nominated for the Gouden Strop and shortlisted for the ECI Literature Prize. Books by Peter Terrin have been translated into more than fifteen languages, including English, French, Italian, Turkish, Hebrew and Japanese.

(c) Jef Boes

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403135403
  • Number of pages: 240
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 20,99
  • English sample available