Karin Amatmoekrim (1977) was born in Paramaribo and emigrated to the Netherlands in 1981. She studied psychology and modern literature, and has published five novels to date. The protagonist of her last book, Het gym (The Gym, 2011) is a West Indian girl from a poor neighbourhood who attends a gymnasium (university-track secondary school). Het gym was a hit with the press and the reading public. Another novel, De man van veel (The Man of Many) (2013) also received much praise.