An intimate, often humorous exploration of the intertwining cycles of death, rebirth and coincidence through the eyes of an existential artist.
An amazing game of mirrors. […] Original and promising.
2014 Anton Wachter Prize for Best First Novel; Golden Book Owl Reader's Choice Award; Opzij Feminist Literature Prize; 2014 Lucy B. & C.W. van der Hoogt Prize; Nominated for the John Leonard Prize, National Book Critics Circle
Meet Minnie Panis, a young and talented conceptual artist navigating love affairs, her unexpected success in the art world, and her relationship with an emotionally distant mother. After surviving a near-death experience falling through the ice during her ultimate artwork, Minnie begins to uncover the truth behind her premature birth with the help of the doctor who saves her life-as it turns out-twice. Entering into his clinic, whose motto is All the fish needs is to get lost in the water, Minnie arrives at the border of life's ebb, where meaningful art and revelations occur.
Niña Weijers' remarkable, inventive novel depicts a contemporary conceptual artist at the height of her fame, whose blasé art project has unintended consequences. Weijers invokes Kurt Vonnegut in the course of the narrative, and this novel shares Vonnegut's sense of how things can be simultaneously real and absurd. Movies and books notoriously fail to capture the social and spiritual atmosphere of the contemporary art world, but Weijers nails it. Her book is beautifully written, surprising and often profound.