My Five Years as a Father
“A masterpiece of a novel” Fædrelandsvennen
Martin has two toddler sons and is married to the beautiful and ambitious Gina. He is an involved father, sensitive and thoughtful, and he does more than his fair share at home. He also looks after his down-and-out ex-girlfriend Lillian and her daughter Selma.
One afternoon, the police pay him a visit. Selma may have been assaulted, and Martin is a suspect. Slowly but surely, a life quite unlike what it seemed on the surface is revealed.
With tenderness and dark humour, Breiteig investigates terrifying cracks in what seemed perfectly safe and ordinary. It paints a nuanced portrait of a man full of love, but also darkness.
Bjarte Breiteig has distinguished himself as one of our greatest short story writers. He now continues his existential explorations in a larger format.