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Helga Flatland - A Modern Family (2nd Hand Paperback)

£4.70
SKU B002201
Synopsis

Winner of the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize.

When adult siblings Liv, Ellen and Hakon arrive in Rome with their partners and children to celebrate their father’s 70th birthday, they are not expecting their parents to announce their divorce.

What follows in this emotionally astute novel is the aftermath - both individual and collective - of the sudden rupturing of a Norwegian family, and the shifting prism through which each of the characters views their place within it.

The novel, which marks the English debut of Helga Flatland (she comes heralded as “the Norwegian Anne Tyler”), is narrated alternately by sisters Liv and Ellen. Liv, a journalist, is the eldest and thinks of herself as her mother’s primary confidante, despite the evident friction between them. Liv is a woman for whom repression and rug-sweeping have become her comfort zone, as she blinds herself to the tensions around her, whether they are with her siblings, between her parents, or with her own husband, a relationship that becomes increasingly strained as the novel progresses.

Details
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
  • Category : Fiction - Families & Sagas
  • Published : 2019 (Orenda Books)
  • ISBN : 9781912374458
  • SKU : B002201
  • PPC : LL300gm
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

'The most beautiful, elegant writing I've read in a long time. If you love Anne Tyler, you will adore this' - Joanna Cannon.

'A thoughtful and reflective novel about parents, siblings and the complex and often challenging ties that bind them' - Hannah Beckerman, Observer.

'I absolutely loved its quiet, insightful generosity' - Claire King.

"a thoughtful and reflective novel about parents, siblings and the complex – and often challenging - ties that bind them." - The Guardian.

'A beautifully written novel, bittersweet, moving and poignant a wise novel of great insight' - New Books Magazine.