Books by David Colmer

AN UNTOUCHED HOUSE by Willem Frederik Hermans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A dark wartime vision that evokes Koestler, Orwell, and Vonnegut."
At the tail end of World War II, a partisan soldier finds a quiet sanctuary that delivers a brutal lesson about humanity at its worst. Read full book review >
I'LL ROOT FOR YOU by Edward van de Vendel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Motivational and kind, these light poems and illustrations will embolden readers to take risks and 'walk your own tightrope.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-11)"
Lighthearted poems extol sport and human achievement—and the importance of losing. Read full book review >
TOW-TRUCK PLUCK by Annie M.G. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Young fans of Pippi Longstocking will admire this budding eco-warrior, both for his independence and his determination to help others in need. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In a set of popular tales from a Hans Christian Andersen Award-winning author, a young lad arrives in town with nothing but a tow truck and finds a home as well as friends both human and animal. Read full book review >
A DOG LIKE SAM by Edward van de Vendel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2016

"A moving and memorable tale of love, forgiveness, and compassion among beings both human and canine. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Canadian family's emotional life is enriched by the affections of a shaggy white dog. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO CAME IN OFF THE ROOF by Annie M.G. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A charming, refreshing, and funny treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A shy newspaper reporter gets a helping paw from local felines through a mysterious and "cattish" young lady. Read full book review >
A POND FULL OF INK by Annie M.G. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2014

"Heartwarming creative genius abounds here, offering visual and aural pleasures aplenty: not to be missed. (Picture book/poetry. 6-14)"
A dozen poems from the inimitable Dutch writer magnificently translated and illustrated. Read full book review >
THE MISFORTUNATES by Dimitri Verhulst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A poetic, no-holds-barred slice of the European lowlife, with lots of drinking."
A family of deeply entrenched alcoholics stumbles its way toward grace in this 2007 novel of misadventure from award-winning Belgian writer Verhulst (Goddamn Days on a Goddamn Globe, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
DIRECTOR’S CUT by Arthur Japin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2010

"Heartfelt, but murky and unpersuasive."
Japin (In Lucia's Eyes, 2005, etc.) follows up two excellent novels rooted in historical fact with a disappointing effort based on his personal history. Read full book review >
IN LUCIA’S EYES by Arthur Japin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2005

"An entertainment that's also an enlightenment."
An incident only fleetingly described in Giacomo Casanova's voluminous Memoirs is deftly expanded in this intriguing second novel from the Dutch former actor and author. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN SISTERS by Elle Eggels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 24, 2002

"Sensual talespinning: often evocative and involving, if a bit precious."
Seven sisters run a bakery after their mother's death and father's disappearance—in a Dutch family saga that edges toward magical realism. Read full book review >