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The Consequences

Niña Weijers, Hester Velmans (Translator)


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Hardcover (9/19/2017)


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. An intimate, often humorous exploration of the intertwining cycles of death, rebirth and coincidence, The Consequences is a Bildungsroman that echoes far beyond the last page.

Ni a Weijers' remarkable, inventive novel depicts a contemporary conceptual artist at the height of her fame, whose blas 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.


Doppelhouse Press, 9780997818437, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 2017