The Norwegian Anne Tyler makes her English debut in a beautiful, bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights…
‘The most beautiful, elegant writing I’ve read in a long time. If you love Anne Tyler, you will ADORE this’
When Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce.
Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history.
A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change…
‘Just finished this, A Modern Family by Helga Flatland. Absolutely loved its quiet, insightful generosity’ Claire King
‘There is a hint of Ingmar Bergman in this portrayal of a completely normal family, it delves deep and wrenches your heart’ Adresseavisen
WINNER OF THE NORWEGIAN BOOKSELLERS’ AWARD
Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize.
She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards. Her fifth novel, A Modern Family, was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies.
Rosie Hedger was born in Scotland and completed her MA (Hons) in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She has lived and worked in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and now lives in York where she works as a freelance translator. Rosie was a candidate in the British Center for Literary Translation’s mentoring scheme for Norwegian in 2012, mentored by Don Bartlett. Visit her website: rosiehedger.com and follow her on Twitter @rosie_hedger
‘A Modern Family is a beautifully written and highly thought-provoking literary novel exploring the psychology and practicalities of marriage, commitment and individuality … There’s so much bubbling under the surface here, revealing not only how much the characters DO know about each other, but also how much they DON’T, plus all of the secrets they’ve been trying to hide. A Modern Family is honest and brutal – family life laid bare, down to its deepest foundations. The translation by Rosie Hedger is outstanding and really picks up the subtle nuances of the prose, bringing each character (and the settings) to life. You can’t choose your family, but how well do you really know them? How do you know when it’s time to make changes or time to move on? And is it ever too late to take the plunge? This book may not provide the answers to these questions, but it will certainly make you think!’ Off-the-Shelf Books