IMPAC Winner Per Petterson's second novel - the stark, poignant tale of the bond between a brother and sister.
In the bitter cold of Danish Jutland, where the sea freezes over and the Nazis have yet to invade, a young girl dreams of one day going on a great journey to Siberia, while her beloved brother Jesper yearns for the warmer climes of Morocco. Their home, with a pious mother who sings hymns all day and a silent father, is as cold as their surroundings. But the unshakeable bond between brother and sister creates a vital warmth which glows in spite of the chill and the dark clouds that threaten to overtake their dreams.
“A compassionate, moving but clear-eyed view of family relationships...overwhelming emotional power”
“One of the past decade's most moving novels”
“Beautifully written....wistfully sad novel...Petterson is a writer of great talent and originality”
“The past and present collide almost violently, and it all sneaks up on you in a way that makes you catch your breath”