Vonne van der Meer
Vonne van der Meer (b. 1952) made her breakthrough with Eilandgasten (Island Guests, 1999), a novel about visitors to a guesthouse on the island of Vlieland. The sequels De avondboot (The Evening Boat, 2001) and Laatste seizoen (Final Season, 2003) were also highly praised. Since her debut in 1985, she has been associated with sensual portrayals of female fantasies and secrets, highlights being the novel Een warme rug (A Warm Back, 1987) and the story collection Nachtgoed (Nightwear, 1993), but as years went by her work has acquired a humanist accent, as in the novels Ik verbind u door (I’ll Put You Through, 2004). Take 7 (2007), Het smalle pad van de liefde *(The Narrow Path of Love, 2013) and *Winter in Gloster Huis (Winter in Gloster House, 2015). Van der Meer is president of PEN Netherlands.