Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke.
"Nuanceddelicate and evocativeDe Moor's descriptive writing has the poignancy, the shifting illumination, of a fall afternoon at the beachan ambitious and insightful novel." The New York Times Book Review
Margriet de Moor's prizewinning first novel, First Gray, Then White, Then Blue, is at once a powerful mystery about why a husband would murder his wife, and a penetrating investigation of the overwhelming force of obsessive love.
Magda in life-no less than Magda in death-was an enigma. A free spirit, alluring but private, loving yet remote, she effected the lives of those around her in ways beyond measure. For her husband Robert, who wanted to possess her, body and soul, what Magda gave him was never enough. He murdered her, leaving her lover to discover her body. As friends gather for her funeral, the mystery of Magda's life is slowly, tantalizingly, revealed. Who really knew Magda, and what truths has her death revealed?
Told in various points of view, moving from past to present to future, First Gray, Then White, Then Blue is a story of perception, love, and mortalitytold with a bewitching power.
"Inventivethe story unfolds in unexpected directionscaptivating." Boston Globe
"Margriet de Moor is a findFirst Gray, Then White, Then Blue opens like a fan to display splendid colors and shadows of suspense. De Moor's style is spare and cool throughout, but her themes are deceptively simplethis is a neat, pellucid work." Baltimore Sun
"Margriet de Moor conjures an intensity that borders on the hypnoticFirst Gray, Then White, Then Blue moves gracefully between present and past." The Raleigh News and Observer
"First Gray, Then White, Then Blue draws its formidable power from a sense that life moves in inscrutable waysde Moor's story is rendered in a prose both coolly detached and riveting." Newsday
Margriet de Moor's first book, a collection of short stories, was an immediate success. She went on to win the Van der Hoogt Prize for three novellas, and First Gray, Then White, Then Blue won the prestigious Ako Prize and was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Her novel, The Virtuoso, was published by Overlook last year. She lives in Amsterdam.