The First Days
“Just these days and weeks have already become historic (…) it is this transition, this massive shift in our most recent contemporary history, Lunde describes so well in her new book.” Dagbladet, 5 stars
Do you remember March 12h, do you remember Friday the 13th? Those days when everything changed and the world was turned upside down. Do you remember what you were thinking those first days when everything was acutely confusing and very frightening? It already seems so long ago.
They’re a family of five. The grown-ups have just had an argument when the news break: from now on, they will be confined to their home. All of them. Author Maja Lunde is used to this, she usually works from their house. But she is not used to homeschooling. She is used to writing big, dyesthopic novels, but she is not used to living in a dystopia. But the crisis is here, and the family must find a new way of living together.
The First Days takes the reader back to the days when normal life was put on hold, to that strange spring when words like family and community, aloneness and distance suddenly got new menings. A time of change and regulations, but perhaps also a time to think differently and redefine what is important?
Maja Lunde has written a wise and empathetic story which highlights what is often true in literature as in life, that it is the little things that matter the most.