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.