Mr Woolf

Jan Kjærstad

«Generous storytelling. Jan Kjærstads new novel is a beautiful love letter to a father’s hidden sides. Give in and let the book lead you the narrow markets, neonlit streets, futuristic malls, overjordiske walkways, green hills and scary graveyards of Hong Kong.» Dagbladet

«Mr. Woolf is a rich tall tale that moves seamlessly between past and present … The novel has a hint of Murakami-mystique, it is as suspenseful as a crime novel as well as being both warm hearted and strange. If you say yes to the story, this book is a treasure chest» Dagens Næringsliv

«… a beautiful portrait of a father, an abundance of narrative suspense» Aftenposten

 How did the idea behind the Abelson Model, one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century, originate?

One day William Abelson meets his father for lunch. William holds a Doctorate Degree in Physics but has hit the wall and is now working as a barista in a trendy café in Oslo. His father runs Stjerneplassen Toys, a beloved but struggling independent toy store downtown. William expects nothing more than yet another of their regular conversations, where his father shares his financial troubles over a cheap meal. But this time, his father has bigger worries: Elizabeth, Williams sister, has disappeared. The father thinks she may be in grave danger and asks William to travel to Hong Kong, where she might be located.

How hard can that be? William thinks. All I need to do is to find my sister and bring her home.

As soon as he arrives at the airport in Hongkong, however, things start to take unexpected turns. William is picked up by a Rolls Royce and taken to The Peninsula, one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. Over the next few days, he will find himself in situations and strange encounters that will turn everything he thought he knew upside-down and give him a taste of ground-breaking, new knowledge.

Mr. Woolf is an intriguing, playful and thought provoking story of a family who doesn’t apply to any standard model.

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  • Mr Woolf
  • 2019
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Fiction, Novel