Author

Franca Treur

Franca Treur (b. 1979) studied Dutch and literary theory at the University of Leiden. The publication of her debut novel Confetti on the Threshing Floor (2009) brought her unprecedented success: it sold more than 150,000 copies and won the Jan Bruijns prize and the Selexyz prize for best debut. The film adaptation premiered in 2014. Treur writes columns, essays and short stories for various Dutch newspapers. Now Hear My Voice has been shortlisted by NRC Handelsblad as best book of 2017.

Confetti on the Threshing Floor

Confetti on the Threshing Floor

(Prometheus, 2009, 224 pages)

The enormous success of Franca Treur’s debut Dorsvloer vol confetti (Confetti on the Threshing Floor) has more than a little to do with the subject matter: the strict Calvinist upbringing of a dreamy eyed farm girl in the coastal province of Zeeland. Katelijne, the protagonist of the novel, grew up on a farm there with her six brothers. She would have liked nothing better than to work alongside the boys: hay making, feeding the animals, milking, spreading manure, etc. But the opportunities were few and far between. Because she was a girl, she was allocated the typical female task of helping her mother with the housekeeping chores.

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Now Hear My Voice

Now Hear My Voice

(Prometheus, 2017, 320 pages)

Religion plays a large part in Franca Treur’s writing. In her new novel - narrated in alternating chapters through the life of a growing girl and the grown- up woman she has become, Treur shows us liberation from faith and the emptiness that ensues.

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Website

http://www.francatreur.nl