It's Fine By Me

It's Fine By Me

"Reading a Petterson novel is like falling into a northern landscape painting—all shafts of light and clear palpable chill." —Time

Fans of Per Petterson's other books in English will be delighted by this opportunity to observe Arvid Jansen in his youth from a fresh perspective. In It's Fine By Me, Arvid befriends a boy named Audun. On Audun's first day of school he refuses to talk or take off his sunglasses; there are stories he would prefer to keep to himself.… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


When you read Petterson you see a different side to the Scandinavian experience than that depicted in home and living magazines.

The detail is perfect; the emotions are raw and beautifully conveyed.

It’s Fine by Me is exquisitely structured, moving in two directions at once, back to the cause of its hero’s unhappiness and forward to his hope. Petterson’s crystalline prose quietly reveals the tenderness behind Audun’s practiced nonchalance.


Book Details  


Publisher: Graywolf Press (October 02, 2012)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English


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