"I was getting so tired of hearing my friends talk about how much they love tv, so I thought: I'll write a book, that's a little bit like tv." Nell Zink, 54, schrijfster, Bad Belzig (DE)
"It's like every sentence is a perfect jewel on black filth. As a writer, I have to read that book every year, just to be in the presence of the sentences." Justin Cronin, 54, schrijver, Texas (USA).
"It has a very unusual narrator, it's very compelling, and I admire it very much." Elisa Albert, 38, schrijfster, Albany (USA).
"Sometimes I'm overjoyed with it and think it is a great piece of literature, sometimes I think I failed completely, depends on the day." Elisa Albert, 38, schrijfster, Albany (USA).
"Just for the record, I called my daughter to answer the question. Her answer is that in her own writing, her brain gives her sad people and she tries to write them to comfort. I like that." Justin Cronin, 54, schrijver, Texas (USA).
"It is about how little things, decisions and mistakes can influence your whole life. It's amazing how she tells that story." Kristine Bilkau, 42, schrijfster, Hamburg (DE).
"I started thinking about this book around 2009, after the Lehmann Brothers crisis happened. I wanted to write about how big economic changes can impact personal life." Kristine Bilkau, 42, schrijfster, Hamburg (DE).
"I better love it, because I worked on it for ten years. If I didn't love it, I would be in big trouble." Nathan Hill, 40, schrijver, Naples, FL (USA).
"I felt spiritually deepened by writing this book and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it." Robert Harris, 59, schrijver, Kintbury (UK).
"I turn a realistic idea into a little imaginary, you could say surrealistic, writing." Frank Witzel, 60, schrijver, Offenbach (DE).
"I go to every publisher in Germany and say: 'Please let this book be translated'. Germans can't live without this book any longer!" Frank Witzel, 60, schrijver, Offenbach (DE).
"It's about religion, it's about aesthetics, it's about love and it's about tragedy." L.S. Hilton, 41, schrijfster, Londen (UK).