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"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. Audun lives with his mother in a working-class district of Oslo. He delivers newspapers and talks for hours about Jack London and Ernest Hemingway with Arvid. But he's not sure that school is the right path for him and feels that life holds other possibilities. Sometimes tender, sometimes brutal, It's Fine By Me is a brilliant novel from the acclaimed author of Out Stealing Horses and I Curse the River of Time.

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It's Fine By Me
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Portrait of A Young Man's Journey to Adulthood
May 9th, 2015
Beautiful descriptions of the rural Norwegian landscape and of men working tough, blue collar jobs. Had the pportunity to meet the author in Berkeley, California and he was both interesting and a gentleman.
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