The Dutch Wife

The Dutch Wife

by Ellen Keith
  • debut
  • english-from-canada
  • historical
  • literary
In this remarkably assured and utterly compelling debut novel, Ellen Keith has written a sweeping story with the broad appeal of Jennifer Robson, the sophistication of Amor Towles, and the lyrical craftsmanship of Anthony Doerr. From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife braids together the stories of three individuals who share a dark secret and are entangled in two of the most oppressive reigns of terror in modern history. This is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong, as well as the capacity for ordinary people to persevere and do the unthinkable in extraordinary circumstances.


Ellen Keith , author

Ellen Keith is a 27-year-old writer of Dutch heritage currently residing in Amsterdam. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is an avid traveler with an awe-inspiring blog, La Viajera, where she documents her often daring adventures.


  • A well-researched, supremely absorbing tale that shines a light on the horrors of humanity. - The Globe and Mail Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.



rights sold: Czech Republic, Netherlands, USA

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 388

publication date: 04/24/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript