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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press (31 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178227314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782273141
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 1.9 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Dorthe Nors bewitches with zingy one-liners' -- Observer

'Sonja is a thoroughly modern heroine... nothing at all like Bridget Jones. Comical and clever, with a knife-twist of uneasiness' -- The Times

'This novel reads like a sort of Danish Woody Allen: existential, domestic, gently humorous' -- Daily Mail

'Deceptively simple, this book addresses longing and its futility, estrangement and displacement, with a casual ease. Nors' writing creeps up on you, and then overwhelms with its emotional power. She is a master' -- Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick

'Absolutely loved this book - highly recommend!' -- Fiona Melrose, author of Midwinter

'Dorthe Nors is fantastic!' -- Junot Díaz

'Witty and insightful depth... Nors writes important modern women's fiction... she gives back agency and centrality to older women' -- Financial Times

'In this short novel Nors manages to condense the essence of life' -- Spectator

'Benevolent ingenuity of Nors's writing... excellent situational tragicomedy... Nors's reinvention of experimental fiction is marvellous' -- Guardian

'A magnificent exploration of anxiety... Ms Nors's novel delivers a bracing antidote to the cult of hygge' --Economist

'A smart, funny and clever satire' -- Emerald Street

'Nors' novel is as lyrically stimulating as it is illustrative of Danish culture' -- Culture Trip

'Agile and profound... the novel's power builds as Sonja's inner world unfolds' -- The Atlantic

'This is a book for anyone, from Stockholm to Shanghai, who finds themselves living in a city, feeling unaccountably anxious, with 'restless legs poised for flight'' -- TLS

'Forty-something Sonja takes control by learning to drive - with hilarious consequences' -- Vogue

'An unflinching eye makes the new queen of Danish literature stand out... very moving... Nors' watchful eye... the tenderness of her writing' -- Big Issue

' Ferociously talented . . . an insightful and compassionate novel' --Sunday Herald

'In flowing and absorbing prose, Nors illustrates how this anxious, alienated woman experiences setbacks and triumphs, proportionate to her carefully enclosed life, and how it might be possible for anyone to overcome immense loneliness and make a connection' -- New Yorker

'A quick and offbeat read. It might just remind you of situations you've allowed to control you, and inspire you to find a way out' -- Bookbag

'The ending... is perfect: hopeful without sentimentality, allowing for love but not equating love with magic. And the love comes from a most unexpected place, one that made me smile with surprised delight' -- Elle Thinks (blog)

' Sharp, very funny... deftly combining wit with acute observation' -- A Life in Books (blog)

' Dorthe Nors' novel is wonderful to read on different levels' -- Miss Mesmerized (blog)

'Dorthe Nors is a writer of moments-quiet, raw portraits of existential meditation, at times dyspeptic, but never unsympathetic' --Paris Review 'What We're Loving'

About the Author

Dorthe Nors was born in 1970 and is one of the most original voices in contemporary Danish literature. She holds a degree in literature and art history from Aarhus University and has published four novels so far, including Mirror, Shoulder, Signal - which was shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize - as well as the short story collection Karate Chop and a novella Minna Needs Rehearsal Space. Nors' short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's Magazine and the Boston Review, and she is the first Danish writer ever to have a story published in the New Yorker. In 2014, Karate Chop and Minna Needs Rehearsal Space are also published by Pushkin Press.

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