International Praise for Bonita Avenue

Be among the first to learn about a literary sensation that’s sweeping Europe: Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda.

A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever change our lives, Bonita Avenue is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.

“‘No way that this is a debut novel’ is your first impression when you start reading Bonita Avenue – but it is!” says RIFer favorite Herman Koch (author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool). “An instant literary classic, loaded with suspense, by a brilliant and truly original writer.”

More International Praise for Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

“One wild ride: a swirling helix of a family saga that swerves from gross-out sex comedy to pitch-black revenge tragedy as twist after twist reframes what we know about its dysfunctional cast … manic … as toe-curling as early Roth, as roomy as Franzen and as caustic as Houellebecq. Don’t let me forget to mention Jonathan Reeder’s note-perfect English translation.” —Telegraph (UK)

“[A] crazy-paving, jigsaw puzzle … Addictive … A considerable achievement … Bonita Avenue is an entertaining end in itself, and evidence that Buwalda is just getting started.” —Independent (UK)

Compelling.” —The List (UK)

“Plenty of wit and sharp human observation …. Highly recommended for fans of dark family drama.” —We Love This Book

“Fluent and complex, uncompromising and shocking.” —Daily Mail (UK)

“This dazzling family saga was a huge hit when it was published in the Netherlands in 2010; critics hailed Buwalda as ‘The Dutch answer to Jonathan Franzen’, but his brilliance is entirely unique.” —The Times (UK)

“Great European art: the Dutchman Peter Buwalda explodes the bourgeois family saga. The narrative pyrotechnics alone are a tour de force.” —Die Ziet (Germany)

“It’s a fantastic debut which, at over 500 pages, doesn’t outstay its welcome.” —Glasgow Herald

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