A Modern Family
Winner of the 2017 Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize
50,000 copies printed in Norway
«We’re leaving each other»
A quiet earthquake occurs as siblings Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, are gathered around the dinner table somewhere on the outskirts of Rome to celebrate Dad and Granddad Håkon’s 70th birthday.
Shock and disbelief follow, as the three grown children tries to cope with their parent’s decision. Not only does it affect their relationship as siblings, it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, as well as forcing them to them reconstruct their shared narrative about their upbringing and family history.
Helga Flatland masterfully conducts this story, voiced in turn by Liv, Ellen and Håkon, with rare psychological insight, humor and an almost filmatic narrative drive. A Modern Family is a novel that will make you look at the people closest to you just a little more thoroughly.