In the Wake

Per Petterson, Author, Anne Born, Translator
Per Petterson, Author, Anne Born, Translator , trans. from the Norwegian by Anne Born. St. Martin's/Dunne $22.95 (202p) ISBN 978-0-312-34383-5
Reviewed on: 05/01/2006
Release date: 08/01/2006
Paperback - 176 pages - 978-0-09-952074-0
Paperback - 230 pages - 978-0-312-42704-7
Open Ebook - 208 pages - 978-1-4464-0256-6
Show other formats
FORMATS

In his impressive American debut, veteran Norwegian novelist Petterson chronicles Arvid Jansen's breakdown in the six years since his parents and brother were killed in a ferry accident (modeled after the 1994 sinking of the MS Estonia ). Arvid wanders around Oslo and through the Norwegian countryside, sifting through memories of his stern, ultracompetent father and nursing an infatuation with his attractive neighbor, Mrs. Grinde. After Arvid's architect brother attempts suicide, Arvid tries to reconnect with him and pull them both out of the abyss. Despite the gloomy subject matter, Arvid is a witty, self-deprecating narrator who fought with his family while they were alive and misses them terribly now that they're gone. This novel won several literary prizes in Europe, where the Estonia disaster is well known. The events may not feel as immediate to American readers, but many will find Arvid's path of loss and redemption affecting nonetheless. (Aug.)

The Best Books, Emailed Every Week
Tip Sheet!
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X