Let Me Come with You
Shortlisted for the Vesaas Debut Prize
Lara lives in a tired house with her brother Felix who draws flowers, and her mother, who rarely comes out of her bedroom. When Lara steals food at the shop, she is spotted by Chinese woman Ly. She goes home with Ly, and learns to cook and use healing herbs. Ly sends Lara and her friend Signe out to collect nettles in the forest, and there they find a hut, which they make into a secret home.
When holiday comes, Felix goes away with another family, her mother is away with her new boyfriend and Signe moves to another town. Lara is home alone for several weeks. She sleeps, drowses and dreams of a river and a tree, of toads and seagulls. When Lara is awake, she thinks of the night by the watertower when she let Signe down.
Let Me Come with You is an existential novel about being open and unprotected, written in prose which is at times romantic, at times scraped to the bone.