Belgian author Lize Spit as seen September 7, 2016 in Brussels.
AFP/Das Mag/Roos Pierson
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Reviewers in Belgium and the Netherlands have hailed Lize Spit as the voice of her generation, while international publishers have jostled to snap up the translation rights to the haunting coming-of-age story.Weaving between the past and the present, Spit takes the reader back to the sweltering summer of 2002, when Eva's only two friends – both teenage boys – embark on a chilling game of sexual exploration.Since it was first published in January, the book has sold over 100,000 copies – a remarkable achievement for any debut author. It's an astronomical figure in a country where most novels have a print run of 2,000 and any book that sells over 10,000 copies is considered a hit.Van der Meer expects to add more countries to the list at the fair, where Spit will appear in a documentary that takes her back to her hometown to visit some of the locations that inspired the book.
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