Books by Hester Velmans

JESSALOUP'S SONG by Hester Velmans
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

In this sequel to her middle-school-age novel Isabel of the Whales (2006), Velmans flips the script and features a whale that turns into a boy.

Opening three years after the start of Isabel of the Whales, this new installment features Isabel having trouble adjusting to life back on land after her adventure as a humpback whale. School, boyfriends and family life don't interest her as they might another young teen, and she longs to return to the ocean. Then she gets a shock when a beached whale near her home turns out to be her friend Jessaloup. Read full book review >

THE VOYAGE OF THE SHORT SERPENT by Bernard du Boucheron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Sparse, rawboned and fascinating."
A spare, cunningly ironic novel set in the wilds of medieval Iceland. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Anne Frank enthusiasts will wish for more about her, but van Maarsen offers valuable testimony about the particular tensions and horrors her own family endured."
Called "Jopie" in Anne's published diary, a childhood friend recalls her family's history as it intersected with the Franks' before, during and after the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Read full book review >
THE DREAM MERCHANT by Isabel Hoving
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

This ambitious, well-crafted epic crosses vast, treacherous territories of time, dreams, geography and legend. Read full book review >

ISABEL OF THE WHALES by Hester Velmans
ANIMALS
Released: April 12, 2005

Fantasy and reality merge in this aquatic coming-of-age adventure with a compelling ecological message. Read full book review >

WITHOUT MERCY by Renate Dorrestein
THRILLERS
Released: July 14, 2003

"Dorrestein is a potent writer, but, despite some splendid moments, this is a disappointing successor to A Heart of Stone."
An intense domestic thriller in which a beloved only child's death destroys an already shaky marriage. Read full book review >
A HEART OF STONE by Renate Dorrestein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"The climactic pages are as harrowing as anything in contemporary fiction, but you won't want to miss a word leading up to them. A triumph."
The history of a destroyed family and the mingled guilt and rage that possess the survivor who remembers, and reimagines, their story—all rendered with hallucinatory clarity in this first English translation of yet another popular and critically acclaimed Dutch author. Read full book review >
THE LILY THEATER by Lulu Wang
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

A stunning first novel from Wang, a Chinese émigré to Holland, depicts a young girl's coming of age under the specter of Mao's Cultural Revolution.

When Lian Shui develops an unsightly rash, her mother Yunxiang, a university professor who's to be sent to a reeducation camp in the countryside to mend her "bourgeois intellectual" ways, begs to be allowed to stay in Beijing to care for her daughter. Read full book review >