‘I’ve often thought I wanted to die,’ Roxy says. ‘It’s not a problem; it’s a bit annoying, like a fly, a bothersome sound. It only gets difficult when the fly buzzes around your head all day.’

Esther Gerritsen (1972) is a Dutch novelist, columnist and screenwriter. Since her 2000 debut, she has been considered one of the best authors in the Netherlands. Four of her novels including Craving (2012) and Roxy (2014) were all shortlisted for the prestigious Libris Literature Prize. Gerritsen writes a popular weekly column in the VPRO TV guide and she had the honour of writing the Dutch Book Week gift in 2016. She wrote the scenario for the film Instinct, the Dutch Oscar entry of 2019, which was praised and lauded at international film festivals. She was the head writer of Red Light, a TV Series featuring Maaike Neuville, Halina Reijn and Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) and is currently working on multiple projects, including an adaptation for screen of her own latest novel Area 19.

I don’t know if I’ve ever read a novel that captures the emotional labor of people-pleasing language quite so well.

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