Navigating that shaky bridge between childhood and adulthood is never easy, particularly in 1961 вЂ“ a time when вЂњmen became boys and housewives women,вЂќ a year when Yuri Gargarin is poised to conquer space and when the world is on the cusp of change.
Into this moment of time, Norwegian author Roy Jacobsen shines a laser light on young Finn and his mother Gerd, who live in the projects of Oslo. Fate has not been kind to them: GerdвЂ™s husband, a crane operator, divorced her and then died in an accident, leaving the family in a financially precarious position. To make ends meet, she works in a shoe store and runs an ad for a lodger for extra money.
September 28, 2011
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Tags: 1960s, Graywolf, Life's Moments, Oslo, Scandinavian, Time Period Fiction В· Posted in: Coming-of-Age, Facing History, Family Matters, Norway, Translated, World Lit, y Award Winning Author