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A Modern Family

A Modern Family

Author(s): Helga Flatland

Location(s): Norway, Oslo

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 2016 - 2018

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The Norwegian Anne Tyler makes her English debut in a beautiful, bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights…

‘There is a hint of Ingmar Bergman in this portrayal of a completely normal family, it delves deep and wrenches your heart’ Adresseavisen

When Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce.

Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history.

A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights, A Modern Familyencourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change…

WINNER OF THE NORWEGIAN BOOKSELLERS’ AWARD

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Author: tripfiction

This is very much a contemporary story of family built around three generations. The opening is set in Rome and then in the Italian countryside where the family members are preparing to celebrate Sverre’s...

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