Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest

Rune Christiansen

Shortlisted for the Brage Prize 2017

17 year old, Fanny loses both parents in a car accident. It’s her final school year, and she is allowed to stay on in the family house. She tries to live on as best she can, alone on the outskirts of a small town. The days go by as she performs her simple daily chores: getting to school, repairing the rain gutter, chopping wood and keeping the weed at bay.

But beneath her sad circumstances, there is a fairy tale-like world, full of stubborn notions and possibilities. Through Fanny’s peculiar approach to the world, the seemingly simple story becomes a tale of friendship, independence and transgression.

Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest is a novel about grief written with a lightness and visual beauty that make it unlike anything else on the subject. It is novel of both hope and unease, and another masterpiece by one of Norway’s  most extraordinary novelists.


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  • American EnglishBook*hug
  • DanishLESEN
  • DutchUitgeverij Oevers
  • FrenchNotabilia

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Additional info

  • Fanny og mysteriet i den sørgende skogen
  • 2017
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 224 pages