This short story, set in Norway, left me wanting more which I reckon is a very good thing! Ide and her sister Marthe are childish and annoying with their petty bickering. Marthe is an attention seeking drama queen, she is harmless yet single minded and does not realise the damage she could potentially be causing to her marriage. However there is a sinister side to Ide who tries to manipulate Marthe’s step-daughter and dangerously flirts with her husband. Both sisters want the same thing with each having very different ways of trying to get what they want. Without realising it though they could both be pressing the self-destruct button with potential catastrophic results and it is this that made me want to know more about them. The story ended abruptly as short stories often do but I was so into the characters that I was disappointed when I realised that was it; that was all I was getting! As I said earlier though this is good. It’s what I want from short stories – a short sharp burst of action and this is exactly what this. The writing is clear and concise as it explores some of what being an adult means; the dreams the disappointments, the feeling that life is passing by too quickly and things perhaps are not quite working out the way we expected. There is a lot packed into this story and I loved every minute.
I have to also mention the translation by Rosie Hedger which I really could not fault. A splendid job indeed! I’m always in awe of of the way stories translate and this is an excellent example of a job well done.
Thank you to @tara_mcevoy for including me in this fantastic blog tour. I’m looking forward to reading the reviews of my fellow bloggers.
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