Notes on Anna
What is true and what is fiction? What will Mike do and how will Katie much later explain to her daughter what happened to her and what she did?
A thought provoking novel that illuminates the lives of girls and women in the middle of the 20th century in a Calvinist dominated Bible belt in The Netherlands, and at the same time deals with issues of migration and displacement, with the feeling of being homeless and out of kilter with the world around.
In Neshnafad in Iran Katie is writing a story about a Dutch girl called Anna, whilst all around the country is slowly heading towards revolution. She hides her notes although her husband Mike knows that she wants to become a full-time writer and that she is writing a novel that is set in the Netherlands. After their daughter is born and life in his home country descends into full-blown revolution, Mike finds Katie’s notebooks and guesses that she is writing a story about something that has happened to her, an event she has concealed from him.