They meet in New York in the late 1950s. They fall in love. They get married and move to Asbury Park. They have two daughters who are killed in an accident a few years later. Life grows dark. In 1967 they move to Norway. The next year they have another daughter, Marita.

A short novel about big themes – about love, loss and estrangement, about being rootless, about living a tragedy and growing up in death’s shadows.


This novel has been nominated for the prestigious Norwegian Booksellers‘ Prize and for the Dublin Internationaly Literary Award 2017.


Novel, 230,
originally published by Kolon Forlag (Norway)

Rights available for: Worldwide


The Author

Pedro Carmona-Alvarez was born in La Serena, Chile in 1972. As a ten year old he and his family fled to Argentina, and later the family moved to Norway. He made his debut with a collection of poetry in 1997, and has since then published four well received books. He has been awarded several literary prizes, most notably the Sult Prize 2005, The Norwegian Poetry Book Club Prize 2005, the Diktartavla 2010 and the P2-Radio-listeners novel prize 2012.

»A beautiful and riveting story«

– VG