Marijke Schermer: Love, If That’s What It Is

New Dutch Writing

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Saturday 9 July 2022

1:00 pm


Bantry Library

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In Marijke Schermer’s novel 'Love, If That’s What It Is' Terri runs off with a lover, abandoning her children and her marriage of twenty-five years. Her husband, David, is left to take care of their two daughters, one of whom is falling in love for the first time. These four people start to question their identity outside the nuclear family. What remains of a disintegrated home, and what changes? Marijke will be in conversation with Rachel Andrews.

Admission: Free

Amsterdam, Marijke Schermer, foto Mark Kohn 01-06-2021,

Marijke gives a kaleidoscopic view of a divorce, permitting the reader to enter the heads of not only the spouses, but also of the two daughters and the divorcees’ new lovers. Through several characters, we are presented with just as many views on relationships, while Marijke remains impartial and thus confronts us with our own—perhaps shaky—romantic principles. What is love? With fresh flair and provocative perspectives, Marijke manages to provide an original and versatile answer.


“Schermer’s fresh style adds something really new to the mountain of stories about falling in love, unhappy marriages, cheating, and heartbreak—she seems to have cleared the dust of the whole theme.” De Volkskrant


Marijke’s participation in West Cork Literary Festival is supported by the Nederlands Letterenfonds / Dutch Foundation for Literature as part of their New Dutch Writing programme.




Marijke Schermer

Marijke Schermer is a novelist and playwright. Her stage work has been performed by several companies and translated into various languages. Her novel Noodweer (“Breakwater”) was shortlisted for the ECI Literature Prize,...

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Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews’ essays and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in outlets including the London Review of Books, n+1, Brick literary journal, the Stinging Fly, Longreads, Gorse, Banshee, the White Review, the Irish Times and the Dublin Review. In 2018, she was...

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