On December 15, Bette Adriaanse’s new book “Rus Like Everyone Else” will be released in the US by the Unnamed Press. Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for more information about Adriaanse’s upcoming book tour.
A secretary struggles to make human connections, an industrious immigrant lives in his van, an elderly woman escapes into the reality of her favorite soap opera, and at the center of it all is a young man named Rus, who has to take part in society for the first time after receiving a bill for overdue taxes, something he hadn’t really known about.
Abandoned by his mother and left with just a debit card and an illegal apartment, Rus is forced to capitulate to the demands of society and finds an office job with the help of a micromanaging new girlfriend. Meanwhile, the rest of the lonely ensemble around him searches for meaning in a complicated and alienating world under the watchful eye of the local postwoman. Debut novelist Adriaanse brilliantly weaves together intersecting lives to create a mini-epic, one that charts a hidden resistance to corporate sameness and artificial relationships.
Bette Adriaanse is a writer and visual artist. She received her MA in Creative Writing from Oxford University in 2010. She has published fiction in magazines for literature and philosophy, and exhibits her visual work internationally. “Rus Like Everyone Else” is her first novel.
Adriaanse will be touring the US in early 2016. Listed below are the event locations for her book tour:
Together wtith Lit Hub, Adriaanse will document her impressions of contemporary middle America in the form of letters and Instagram posts, while on her tour. In each city she will visit bookstores, and in several, she will be paired with American writers for special readings.
The Unnamed Press is committed to introducing new and exciting literary voices from around the world to US audiences. As an independent press they employ creative marketing and promotion, targeted investment in advertising and touring, and strategic partnerships to achive the most visibility for their authors. They consider Dutch author Bette Adriaanse to be a true literary star, and a phenomenal artistic talen, and are excited to debut this writer in the US. Her first book, “Rus Like Everyone Else,” was originally written in English, but is now being translated into Dutch (by Bette herself).