“A novel which grows stronger by close reading and which will enrich the reader … The text is easy to read, but the prose is carefully sculpted, with metaphors, in a cascade of small, dense images, in moments, at times through wonderfully long, sharp sentences … a sophisticated form and a vivid portrait … a novel with a lot of wisdom”
5/6 stars, VG
“An original portrait of the artist as a mother … it’s all portrayed with subtle humour and unexpected associations … The Child is a novel about love and the will to live with others, and it’s a fresh update of a primordial female motive. Here the child is a force which keeps the artist on track”
“A wonderful, balanced book about the love between mother and child … She writes beautifully about insufferable physical pain, and grippingly about the relief that only a baby can give”
5/6 stars, Adresseavisen
“If anybody were to write a credible, true-to-experience novel about birth and life with small children, I think few would be better equipped to do so than Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold. With attention to the little details, and a distinctive closeness to her own material, she writes the child into her story.
“The author writes an infinitely honest letter to her child – with high literay quality and a few ethical challenges … Skomsvold has been productive and innovative both in form and prose. The slightly naively absurd, the anxious and the imaginative has been a recognizable ground note … One thing is certain: Skomsvold transforms her material into good literature … With her usual cracking prose and merciless examination of herself Skomsvold describes the sleepless, anxiety-ridden straying of the brain when motherhood enters the life of a writer”.