by Gin, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
In the Wake is the first novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson to appear in the U.S., but hopefully not the last. It is the story of Arvid, an alcoholic not-quite-former writer struggling with the sudden death of most of his family. Arvid's memories unfurl in accidents and mysteries, revealing his search both for his place in the world and the place he may have had in his father's heart. Petterson is definitely an author to watch.