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So Much for That Winter

Dorthe Nors; Translated from the Danish by Misha Hoekstra
Dorthe Nors follows up her acclaimed story collection Karate Chop with a pair of novellas that playfully chart the aftermath of two very twenty-first century romances. In “Days,” a woman in her late thirties records her life in a series of lists, giving shape to the tumult of her days—one moment she is eating an apple, the next she is on the floor, howling like a dog. As the details accumulate, we experience with her the full range of emotions: anger, loneliness, regret, pain, and also joy, as the lists become a way to understand, connect to, and rebuild her life. 
            In “Minna Needs Rehearsal Space,” a novella told in headlines, an avant-garde musician is dumped via text message. Fleeing the indignity of the breakup, and friends who flaunt their achievements in life, career, and family, Minna unfriends people on Facebook, listens to Bach and reads Ingmar Bergman then decamps to an island near Sweden “well suited to mental catharsis.” A cheeky nod to the listicles and bulletins we scroll through on a daily basis, So Much for That Winter explores how we shape and understand experience, and the disconnection and dislocation that define our twenty-first-century lives, with Nors’s unique wit and humor.

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Formally inventive and emotionally charged novellas by “a major new voice in European literature” (Book Trust)

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Dorthe  Nors
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Dorthe Nors is the author of the story collections ​Wild Swims and Karate Chop; four novels, including Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize; and two novellas, collected in So Much for That Winter. She lives in Denmark.
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Misha Hoekstra is an award-winning translator. He lives in Aarhus, where he writes and performs songs under the name Minka Hoist.

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  • “Nors’ writing is by turns witty, gut wrenching, stark and lyrical. . . . [So Much for That Winter is] an exciting and artful literary diptych.”Los Angeles Times
  • So Much for That Winter . . . set off fireworks in my brain. . . . I loved the way that the mostly one-line paragraphs marched down the page.”—Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
  • “Dorthe Nors' formal innovation is playful but organic and necessary, entwined with character and subject. . . . Genuine newness is always an achievement.”—Chris Bachelder, Esquire Best Books of 2016
  • So Much for That Winter is not only about our hyperconnected yet atomized times but ingeniously of them as well. . . . Her cyber-inspired forms look and feel on the page like narrative poetry.”Slate


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