Renate Dorrestein

Renate Dorrestein (1954–2018) was an internationally bestselling author who occupies a unique position within Dutch literature. An extraordinary storyteller, known for her unsentimental depiction of children and their flawed families, Dorrestein’s wicked humor offsets the darkness of her subjects. Her books have been nominated for the International impac Dublin Literary Award, the AKO Literature Prize, and the Libris Literature Prize. Her breakthrough novel A Heart of Stone was a Barnes & Noble ‘Discover Great New Writers’ selection. Her novels have been made into films and translated into fifteen languages.


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