Esther Gerritsen (b. 1972) has been considered one of the promising literary talents of the Netherlands since her debut, in 2000, with the collection of short stories, Bevoorrecht bewustzijn (Privileged Consciousness). In addition she has become a leading playwright. In 1999 she won the Dutch-German Youth Theatre prize in Duisburg, and in 2001 she received the Charlotte Köhler grant for her plays. In 2002 she published her first novel, TussenEenPersoon (Between One Person), which was received with praise. In 2005 her second novel appeared: Normale dagen (Ordinary Days). That same year her writing was honored with the first Dif/BGN prize.