Title: Out Stealing Horses
Author: Per Petterson
What’s it about? Set in Norway, Out Stealing Horses is a coming-of-age story about family, betrayal, loss and misunderstood relationships. It begins in the present when Trond Sander, a 67-year-old man, moves to an isolated cabin near the Swedish border. Trond is hoping to live out his days in quiet reflection, but he is forced to confront his past when a neighbor comes to his door. The neighbor is Lars Haug, a boyhood friend he had first met at the very same cabin in 1948, when Trond was fifteen. Trond and his father were there for the summer, his father’s effort to reconnect with his son.
The book jumps back to 1948 and tells of Trond’s relationship with his father and of his friendship with Haug. Tragic events change everything, yet help to explain his father’s extended and unexplained absences from the family during World War II.
How did you hear about it? Chosen by my friend for our book club
Closing comments: This is the kind of book I am sorry to finish, yet having finished, I’m left with a lot to think about – reliving the characters’ feelings, the turning points in their lives, and thinking forward to unwritten chapters.
Per Petterson is the author of fifteen books. Out Stealing Horses won the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize and the Critics’ Award for best novel. Before he published his first novel, Petterson worked as a librarian and a bookseller in Norway. His most recent book, I Refuse, was published in May 2016.
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