“His sense of dislocation seeps into the structure of the book, which fades between scenes with dreamy confusion, but Petterson’s atmospheric prose—melancholy, tempered, and terse—is the real force keeping the various plots in orbit.”—The New Yorker
“Petterson is a master at putting parents and children up the kind of psychic trees from which—minds fogged by anger and longing—they can’t climb down. The stubborn mysteries of family conflict are his subject, and he evokes them in a voice whose straightforwardness belies its subtlety.”—Bob Thompson, The Washington Post
Per Petterson is the author of books including In the Wake, To Siberia, and Out Stealing Horses, which won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize. The New York Times Book Review named it one of the 10 best books of the year. A former bookseller, Petterson lives in Oslo, Norway.