by Brodie, December 10, 2007 11:56 AM
As a 67-year-old, Trond moves to an isolated part of Norway to live out the rest of his life quietly. After meeting his closest neighbor, he is forced to confront things from his youth that he'd spent years avoiding. Petterson writes beautifully of inner and outer struggles, of confusion, pain, and paths we can choose to go down or not. While Trond's voice is very matter-of-fact and Petterson is straightforward in his telling, there are layers that continue to be pulled back until the last page. This story is specific to time and place, but it is also an everyman's tale of love, death, loss, and time continuing on.