A 16-year-old boy moves into his father’s garage in Garage Land, and the record hot summer weeks that he spends there will mark him for life. A young man returns to his native Oslo to get revenge. An engaged couple have splurged out on their dream holiday, which the travel agent claimed has isolation level: high – but are they really all alone? Two former lovers meet by accident one cold evening during that extraordinary spring of 2020.
These are some of the characters at the center of Frode Grytten’s tenth short story collection. Grytten takes us to Oslo, Bergen, Torrevieja, Sotra, Paris, Las Vegas and the very masculine Garage Land. Though desperate for community – whether driven by longing or love or fanaticism – each of his characters may equally end up lonely and isolated. Like all dreamers they must make concrete choices and approach others in a way that threatens to destroy their illusion of perfection.
“Almost no Odda, and almost no pop songs. Same old master. The case is clear: Grytten to Grotten now [Grotten is the Norwegian state’s house of honour on the Royal Castle’s property]” Ola Innset, Klassekampen, Best of 2020
“A fantastic escape from reality! Do you miss the rest of the world? Follow Frode Grytten on his exciting journeys to Spain, strange Pacific islands, numerous places in Norway – and not least Garage Land … just like in a painting, the stories convey emotions, moods, moments and beautiful scenes in a direct and honest way. I think you should buy Garage Land and bring it with you everywhere!” Framtida