Emotional relationships are often the central theme of Kristien Hemmerechts’s (b. 1955) work, imperfect relationships between men and women, or between parents and children. Her characters’ longing for security and the fulfilment of profound but ill-defined desires, lands them in an emotional labyrinth. Her best known novels are Brede heupen (Wide Hips, 1989), Zonder grenzen (No Boundaries 1991), Wit zand (White Sand, 1993), Veel vrouwen, af en toe een man (Lots of Women, a Man Now and Then, 1995), Margot en de engelen (Margot and the Angels, 1997) and Donderdagmiddag. Halfvier. (Thursday Afternoon: Three Thirty, 2002).