It's Fine By Me by Per Petterson
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Per Petterson's moving novel explores emotional trauma and its aftermath in spare, beautiful prose.


"Reading a Petterson novel is like falling into a northern landscape painting—all shafts of light and clear palpable chill." —Time

Fans of Per Petterson's other books in English will be delighted by this opportunity to observe Arvid Jansen in his youth from a fresh perspective. In It's Fine By Me, Arvid befriends a boy named Audun. On Audun's first day of school he refuses to talk or take off his sunglasses; there are stories he would prefer to keep to himself. Audun lives with his mother in a working-class district of Oslo. He delivers newspapers and talks for hours about Jack London and Ernest Hemingway with Arvid. But he's not sure that school is the right path for him and feels that life holds other possibilities. Sometimes tender, sometimes brutal, It's Fine By Me is a brilliant novel from the acclaimed author of Out Stealing Horses and I Curse the River of Time.


About Per Petterson

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Per Petterson is the author of books including In the Wake, To Siberia, and I Curse the River of Time. Out Stealing Horses won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize. The New York Times Book Review named it one of the 10 best books of the year. A former bookseller, Petterson lives in Oslo, Norway.
Published October 2, 2012 by Graywolf Press. 212 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kristen Treen on Dec 01 2012

Per Petterson's moving novel explores emotional trauma and its aftermath in spare, beautiful prose.

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