Nominated by:

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, The Netherlands

De Bibliotheek Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The Libraries of The Hague, The Netherlands

De Bibliotheek Utrecht, The Netherlands

Publisher of nominated edition:

DoppelHouse Press, USA

The Consequences

Niña Weijers    

Using deft and captivating prose, Weijers tells the story of Minnie Panis, a young and talented conceptual artist, as she navigates love affairs, her unexpected success in the art world, and her relationship with an emotionally distant mother. Beginning with Minnie’s near-death experience falling through the ice during her ultimate artwork, Weijers takes readers on a rollercoaster ride as Minnie uncovers the truth behind her premature birth. The doctor who saves her life, twice, enters Minnie into his clinic, whose motto All the fish needs is to get lost in the water helps her arrive 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.

About the author

Niña Weijers  studied literary theory in Amsterdam and Dublin. She has published short stories, essays and articles in various literary magazines, such as Das Magazin, De Gids and De Revisor. In 2010 she won the writing competition Write Now!. She is a regular contributor to the weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer, and an editor of De Gids.

Her debut novel The Consequences (De consequenties) was published in May 2014. It won the Anton Wachter Prize 2014 for best first novel, the Opzij Feminist Literature Prize, the Lucy B. & C.W. van der Hoogt Prize, and was shortlisted for the Libris Prize and the Golden Boekenuil, the two most important Dutch and Flemish literary awards.

Librarians’ comments

A debut novel about art, isolation, identity and life as an artistic performance. The young writer presents her readers with some spectacular plot twists. Her novel was awarded the Anton Wachter Prize in 2014 and was to be found on several Dutch Literary Prize shortlists.

In her first, original and promising novel, Nina Weijers offers a portrayal of the fashionable world of modern art, a coming-of-age story about a talented girl capable of many things but unsure of everything, and a tense story about disappearing.

Winner of the Anton Wachter Prize 2014 for best first novel and shortlisted for lots of other prizes, including the Libris Prize and the Golden Book Owl, the two most important Dutch and Flemish literary awards.

Artist Minnie starts a new project which will change her life. Intelligently written, full of surprises and with lots of twists. An ode to art. Wonderfully crafted, this debut is full of ideas and has an intelligent story.

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