Protagonist Alphonse is a Senegalese immigrant who uproots his life in Brussels to become a handyman in a rural district in Flanders. Likeable and charismatic, people cannot help but reveal their secrets, desires and unexpected dreams to him.
Reminiscent of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Subtly touches upon timely themes such as refugees and racism.
Annelies Verbeke is a writer of novels, short stories and essays whose 2003 literary debut was the much-acclaimed novel ‘Sleep!’, which sold over 75,000 copies.
Verbeke’s books have been translated in 24 countries.
Thirty Days has sold over 25,000 copies in Dutch and was the winner of the F. Bordewijk Prize for Best Novel, the NRC Book Award for Best Dutch-language Novel of the Year and the Opzij Literature Prize.
Incredible reviews in European media, especially in the UK and Ireland