The Good Friend

Bjørn Esben Almaas

In The Good Friend we follow a 11 year old boy during a few autumn months in 1987. The second part of the story takes part in 2013, when the main character has married and himself become a father to two boys.

From August to November 1987, something happens with the boy. He is being pushed around by classmates and other people around him. But there is also something else going on. He becomes evasive and less talkative. He doesn’t want to be a boy scout anymore, and doesn’t want to go to school. But what has really happened?

As an adult we meet him as everyday family life threatens to slip away from him, and a sudden abyss appears among those closest to him: How do you see your children when you yourself knows so much about the vulnerability of being a child?

Almaas portrays a young boy’s sensitivity and innocence with tenderness and compassion. The Good Friend is a powerful story that step by step reveals the fragile threads between the child and the adult.


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  • Den gode vennen
  • 2019
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Novel
  • 160 pages