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Book Title

Men in My Situation

Subtitle
A Novel
Author 1
Per Petterson; Translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey
Body
Arvid Jansen is in a tailspin, unable to process the grief of losing his parents and brothers in a tragic ferry accident. He spends his time drinking, falling into fleeting relationships with women, and driving around in his Mazda. A year ago, his wife Turid took their three daughters and left him. When Turid  unexpectedly calls for a ride home from the train station, he faces the life they’ve made without him.

Now in paperback, Per Petterson’s latest novel, which has been hailed by critics as the equal of his international best seller Out Stealing Horses, explores Arvid’s dark night of the soul. In this moment of faltering hope and despair, his daughter Vigdis—who he’s always felt understood him best—has a crisis of her own and reaches out to him. He must find a way to respond to someone who, after everything, still needs him. Reaching the heights of Petterson’s best work, Men in My Situation is a heartrending, indelible story from a major international writer.

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$17.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-097-0
Format
Format
Paperback
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Pages
Pages
304
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.25 x 8.5
Keynote
A tender, merciless portrait of a life going to pieces by the internationally acclaimed author of Out Stealing Horses

About the Author

Per  Petterson
Credit: Baard Henriksen
Per Petterson is the author of eight novels, including Men in My Situation and Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into more than fifty languages. Petterson has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and the Norwegian Critics Prize. He lives in Norway.
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Ingvild Burkey was born in Oslo in 1967. A translator of Karl Ove Knausgaard and Per Petterson, she has authored a number of her own books in Norwegian. She lives in Oslo, Norway and Borje, Croatia.
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Praise

  • “With Men in My Situation, Petterson deepens his examination of grief by animating how a parent's loss, depression and trauma can be passed from one generation to the next. . . . Ultimately, Petterson provides an honest portrait of how one family unravels—and hopefully is put back together again, albeit in a different configuration.”—S. Kirk Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
     
  • “Petterson has written a beautifully nuanced, deeply felt, and powerful story of survival.”Library Journal, starred review
  • “Petterson’s bracing latest captures the rhythms and anomie of grief.”Publishers Weekly
  • Men in My Situation is superbly written and expertly translated. The language flows and seems quite natural—almost simple—yet is filled with richness and complexity. Per Petterson does not disappoint.”—Mike Maggio, Washington Independent Review of Books
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