What I'd Rather Not Think about

Jente Posthuma, Sarah Timmer Harvey (trans.)

What I'd Rather Not Think about
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4 July 2023

What I’d Rather Not Think about

Jente Posthuma, Sarah Timmer Harvey (trans.)

Shortlisted for the the 2024 International Booker Prize

What happens when the person you’ve built your entire life on is suddenly gone?

This question lies at the heart of Jente Posthuma’s deceptively simple What I’d Rather Not Think About. The narrator is a twin whose brother has recently taken his own life. She looks back on their childhood, and tells of their adult lives: how her brother tried to find happiness, but lost himself in various men and the Bhagwan movement, though never completely.

In brief, precise vignettes, full of gentle melancholy and surprising humor, Posthuma tells the story of a depressive brother, viewed from the perspective of the sister who both loves and resents her twin, struggles to understand him, and misses him terribly.

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