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The boy Kito grows up as the only child of his adoptive parents. Chubby and dark-skinned, he is ruthlessly bullied at school, but at home he says nothing bout what he is going through, only that he has pains in his stomach. After a class outing to the beach, he does not return. His lifeless body is later discovered
washed up on the sand.
Determined to find the person responsible for Kito’s death, his mother follows the trail to drama teacher Hannah, who was in charge of overseeing the field trip that day. By this time Hannah has begun a new life in the countryside of Bulgaria, and unsuspectingly welcomes Kito’s mother. As the snow begins to fall,
the two women become tangled in a claustrophobic relationship in which nothing is what it seems.
As trust between them begins to grow, Hannah starts, hesitantly, to tell the story of Kito. In the meantime Kito’s mother has only one thing on her mind, revenge…
Wytske Versteeg is a Dutch author and a political scientist. She is the author of De wezenlozen (Weightless), which was nominated for the Opzij Literature Prize 2013 and long-listed for the AKO Literature Prize. BOY is Versteeg’s second novel. It was longlisted for the prestigious Libris Literature Prize and won the BNG Bank Literature Prize. The novel has been translated into German, Italian, Turkish and Danish.