A new bestseller by Jaap Robben, Twilight Life gives a voice to the silent grief of the mothers of stillborn children.
When the young, free-spirited Frieda Tendeloo steps onto the frozen Waal river on a late winter afternoon in 1963, an encounter awaits her that she will never forget. Between the ice floes on the white river she meets the married Otto. They experience a love that begins impetuously, but ends disastrously.
All her life she keeps her memories of this history to herself, until Frieda suddenly finds herself alone again at the age of 81 and the undisclosed sorrow inescapably imposes itself on her. Only then does she dare to look for what she has lost.
With Twilight Life, inspired by true events, Robben not only pulls back the veil on Frieda’s story, but also shines a light on the experiences of countless women between the 1950s and 1980s. Thanks to Robben’s deft skill as a writer, the story never feels too heavy – tension and emotion are carefully calibrated. The result is an impressive story about buried female trauma, caused by society, organised religion and the dominant social mores.