A twelve-year-old girl gets involved in her parents’ passionate fighting with fatal consequences: her younger brother dies. Later in life, in an attempt to atone for what she has done, she gives up love in order to care for her mother. When she discovers, many years later, that she may not be guilty in causing her brother’s death, she decides that she wants to reclaim all she has lost.
Yours, Always is a novel about how guilt can steer and influence life choices, but also how it can disturb our understanding of reality. This is a story about power and powerlessness, attraction and repulsion – and a lifelong yearning for acquittal.
Praise for Yours, Always:
“Yours, Always is an acerbic drama about the complex ties between family members (…) This little novel lends the reader the particular type of discomfort which is so wonderful to experience in literature (…) The story is dense, intense, and increasingly claustrophobic, right up until you feel the raw gust from the open ending. Yours, Always is proof that it is still possible to write original and thought-provoking novels about disintegrating families”.
Marta Norheim, NRK P2, Kulturhuset
“Intense, intimate portrait in three parts (…) This isn’t the first time Gøhril Gabrielsen’s writing makes a profound impression – it also happened with Dizzying Opportunities, No Fear, which was published in 2008. That novel was one of the best I have read by a Norwegian contemporary writer. While reading Yours, Always, I had a similar experience. The language is precise and polished. The observations and descriptions of the relationships between the protagonist and the other characters seem authentic, and the story is written with a hypnotic power which made it impossible to put the book down”
Solgunn Solli, Altaposten