Gerbrand Bakker

Pear Trees Blossom White

This book calmly shows how, from one day to the next, life can become hopeless.

A family is turned upside down when their mother leaves. Then the youngest son, Gerson, loses his eyesight in an accident, and the balance is disturbed even more. The father feels guilty – he was driving the car and failed to give way.

Meanwhile the twins, Kees and Klaas, try to support their little brother, but they too are victims of a situation in which nothing can be taken for granted any longer. In this dark and shaky world, Gerson worries about his life and his sexuality.

Without any over-dramatization, the events head almost casually towards a tragic conclusion. Bakker shifts the perspective between Gerson and his brothers. The twins speak as one, further underlining Gerson’s isolated position. This book calmly shows how, from one day to the next, life can become hopeless. This cool inevitability is what makes the story so heartrending.


Gerbrand Bakker

Gerbrand Bakker (b. 1962) is a novelist, diarist and columnist who broke through in 2006 with Boven is het stil (The Twin), which won three prizes in his native Netherlands and another five abroad, most notably the Dublin Literary Award. It has been translated into 24 languages. In 2013 Bakker also…

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Perenbomen bloeien wit (1999). Fiction and Children's books, 144 pages.
Words: 40,000

Age: 15+


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