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Jens Christian Grøndahl: Lucca

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Forthcoming paperback release:

Lucca
Jens Christian Grøndahl
Mariner Books
ISBN 978-0-15-602961-2
11 July 2010
$18.95 in Canada

Translated from the Danish by Anne Born

9780156029612

While recovering from a devastating car accident, Lucca, a young actress with a string of love affairs behind her, is told by her doctor that she may never see again. Robert, her doctor, is recovering in his own way from his wife’s infidelity and a failed marriage, finding happiness only in the weekend visits of his young daughter. As he and Lucca begin to share their life stories through daily conversations, the two slowly reveal to each other their own stories of heartbreak; Lucca admits her deliberate role in the collision that nearly killed her, and Robert begins to let go of his past betrayals. A love story of immense emotional reach and affection, Lucca probes deep truths of lust, loneliness, and the healing power of belonging.

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Written by Thomas

2009-09-20 at 22:47

Per Petterson: Out Stealing Horses

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Now available in paperback:

Out Stealing Horses
Per Petterson
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-950613-3
13 July 2007
$21.00 in Canada

Original Title: Ut og stjæle hester
En français : Pas facile de voler des chevaux

9780099506133

Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

In 1948, when he is fifteen, Trond spends a summer in the country with his father. The events — the accidental death of a child, his best friend’s feelings of guilt and eventual disappearance, his father’s decision to leave the family for another woman — will change his life forever. An early morning adventure out stealing horses leaves Trond bruised and puzzled by his friend Jon’s sudden breakdown. The tragedy that lies behind this scene becomes the catalyst for the two boys’ families to gradually fall apart.

As a 67-year-old man, and following the death of his wife, Trond has moved to an isolated part of Norway to live in solitude. But a chance encounter with a character from the fateful summer of 1948 brings the painful memories of that year flooding back, and will leave Trond even more convinced of his decision to end his days alone.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-27 at 15:18