Sigrid is a doctor living in Oslo with her children and second husband with whom she left the small place where she grew up many years ago. Her relationship with her mother Anne is strained. Sigrid is still waiting for her mother to apologise and make amends for neglecting her and her brother from early ages in order to look after her sick husband.
When Anne gets terminally ill, Sigrid must reconsider her take on the roles in the family and tackle questions of love, neglect and commitment.
With her sixth novel, Helga Flatland cements her position as one of the best Norwegian storytellers of our time. With razor-sharp insight, humor and deep empathy, Flatland unveils the great dramas within ordinary lives and shows us how a single shift can bring forth suppressed desires and old secrets in any family.
“I cannot think of another author that can describe the strains of our closest relationships the way Helga Flatland does. Amidst all the seemingly trivial everyday humdrum, she somehow captures the essence of the human condition.» Adresseavisen, 6/6 stars
«… Once again Helga Flatland demonstrates her unique ability to create strong portraits of people in at the major crossroads in life» VG, 5/6 stars
«… an unusually beautiful ending (…) a novel that will linger long in the mind of the reader» NRK