Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen
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*Winner of the prestigious Norwegian Booksellers' Prize*



*A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection (Holiday 2011)*



A glorious evocation of a Norwegian childhood in the early sixties by an author short-listed for the 2009 Dublin IMPAC Award



Little Finn lives with his mother in an apartment in a working-class suburb of Oslo. Life is a struggle to make ends meet, but he does not mind. When his mother decides to take a lodger to help pay the bills, he watches with interest as she freshens up their small apartment with new wallpaper and a sofa paid for in installments. He befriends their new male lodger, whose television is more tempting to him than his mother would like.




When a half sister whom he never knew joins the household, Finn takes her under his wing over an everlasting summer on Håøya Island. But he can't understand why everyone thinks his new sister is so different from every other child. Nor can he fathom his mother's painful secret, one that pushes them ever farther apart. As summer comes to a close, Finn must attempt to grasp the incomprehensible adult world and his place within it.




Child Wonder
is a powerful and unsentimental portrait of childhood. Roy Jacobsen, through the eyes of a child, has produced an immensely uplifting novel that shines with light and warmth.



 

About Roy Jacobsen

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Roy Jacobsen is the author of several works of fiction, most recently The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles, which was short-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award. Don Bartlett is the translator of Jo Nesbø, K. O. Dahl, and Pernille Rygg. Don Shaw is a teacher of Danish to foreigners and the author of a Danish-Thai dictionary.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Graywolf Press. 277 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She was, thinks Finn, “destiny, beauty and a catastrophe.” She had had, we infer, a transformative effect on Gerd and Finn, though the novel has failed to make the case.

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Kristian, a coarse but affable workman, gets the room, but not before Finn's father's second wife (a desperate drug addict) responds to the ad and leaves Finn and his mother with Finn's six-year-old half-sister, Linda (who has been drugged by her mother).

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New York Journal of Books

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The reader is drawn into the journey of Finn and his mother with anticipation, following along to discover where this journey will lead.”Child Wonder is the latest novel by Norwegian author Roy Jacobsen.

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The Bookbag

The family is seen through Finn's eyes and the child's attempts to make sense of the adult world are movingly drawn.

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Full Stop

Although written from 9-year-old Finn’s ever-growing perspective, Roy Jacobsen’s Child Wonder is not a novel for children.

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Through the eyes of a child Roy Jacobsen has captured the complexities of his characters through their actions, and has produced an immensely uplifting novel that shines with humanity.

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