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Diane Broeckhoven is a prize-winning author and wrote books for children and adolescents. A Day with Mr. Jules is her bestselling title, sold to over 18 countries. The German edition sold over 180,000 copies.  The novel was staged several times, film rights have been claimed. Her newest novel The Puppet Doctor is a love story of a boy and a Jewish girl during WWII ending up nowadays in Amsterdam. 

About Mr. Jules

‘A moving, wonderfully beautiful story about rituals, love, betrayal and loss.’  - Elke Heidenreich, ‘Lesen!’, ZDF
‘With endless delicacy the author composes a musical text, both discrete and modest.’ - Éditions Robert Laffont
‘A quiet book. Pure. About growing old, death, grief and hope. A comforting book, too. Beautiful, in any case.’ - Die Welt
‘A touching novella.’  - NRC Handelsblad
‘Death is sweet in this book full of modesty, love, simplicity.’ - L’Indépendent
‘A text that is profoundly intimate.’  - NLPV, Nederlands Literair Productie- en Vertalingenfonds

About What I remember

‘Written in simple yet sincere language, this toned-down novel is the perfect introduction to Broekhoven’s oeuvre and a delightful way to pass a warm summer’s eve’ – Rebecca Benoot, Flanders Today
‘Diana again knows how to move you whit her beautiful and stylized stories about ordinary people who experience ordinary things’ – Gazet van Antwerpen 

'ein kluger roman uber Stärke und Verletzlichkeit' - WDR5 

Stuck in my throath

Lucie Wijnakker needs a surgery on her throat. She may lose her voice because of that, is a big deal for her: she earns her living as a speech artist. Lucie is terribly disappointed by the discouraging reactions of her loved ones. After the operation she spends holiday at the island La Gomera where they call her ‘la mujer silenciosa’. No longer bothered by words she becomes milder and introvert. She experiences a poetic love with a man who is used to deal with silent women.

Intriguing novel about silence and talking, communication with or without word, also about lovers, mothers and daughters. 

A Day with Mr. Jules

Every morning Alice gets up when she smells the coffee her husband Jules has made. One day she finds him lifeless on the sofa in the living room; the coffee hasn't quite finished dripping. While Jules slowly turns into a statue that seems to be carved out of marble, Alice reminisces about earlier days and tells him things she hasn't dared or been able to express before. When subsequently she has to come to terms with the sorrow and loss she is faced with, David, the autistic young son of a woman who lives in the same apartment building, becomes part of this process in an unexpected way.

What I remember

What I remember is a triptych. In three parts, which take place in 1987, 1944 and 2008, we witness the complicated bond between a mother – Manon – and her son – Peter – on a background of radical and sometimes dramatic family events. The love between the two in the first two parts is often buried under mutual prejudice and incomprehension, but blossoms in the third part when death comes in sight. 

The Puppet Doctor

As a child Hendrik used to play household with Esther Levine, the Jewish girl who lived above. One day in 1942 she suddenly disappears. Hendrik takes care of her doll Trui, their puppet child. Twenty years later they meet again by chance. The feelings that were lingering since their childhood ignite during their meeting. Sparks fly. But this love gets no time to blossom, despite Hendrik’s passionate letters and his burning desire from Esther. Trui makes him quit his job as a goldsmith. Hendrik  becomes a doll doctor. Many years later, on the closure of his one-man shop, an old lady walks in…   

Calvary

A woman looks back on the tragic events that conducted her youth and the rest of her life in an inescapable course. As a girl of sixteen, she leaves her home more or less voluntarily, to a boarding school in France. She dreams of studying at the Sorbonne, she wants a normal life. When her mother perishes, the girl remains alone with her father and the poignant details of the things left behind.Calvary shows how excruciating details can obstruct the secret, or hide it. Forgetting is protection. Diane Broeckhoven pushes her novel with the cadence of the direct and sparse language to the overwhelming endgame, the last stage in this tale of loneliness and suffering. 

 

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