'Tommy. How long have we been friends.' 'All of our lives,' Tommy said. 'I can't remember us ever not being friends. When would that have been.' Jim said. 'I think it could last the rest of our lives,' he said carefully, in a low voice. 'Don't you think.' 'It will last if we want it to. It depends on us. We can be friends for as long as we want to.' Tommy's mother has gone. She walked out into the snow one night, leaving him and his sisters with their violent father. Without his best friend Jim, Tommy would be in trouble. But Jim has challenges of his own which will disrupt their precious friendship.
Closing date: 31/08/2018
'Illuminated by a clear and insightful knowledge of what it means to be human... Petterson is really a masterful depictor of contemporary life.'
'I Refuse is, despite its apparent realism, a nearly magical literary experience... It simply does not get much better than this.'
-Ekstra Bladet, Denmark
'Petterson confirms his reputation as Scandinavia's leading realist writer...the heart-rending contrast between power and powerlessness, silence and speech is anchored in every word in these pages. And in the reader's soul.'
-Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark
'A masterpiece...at least as good as Out Stealing Horses... Intimate, shocking, demanding, raw.'
'Norwegian literature's clearest shining star...a masterful novel about friendship, violence and destruction.'
Publication date: 23/10/2014
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||23rd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
Per Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several years as an unskilled labourer and a bookseller. He made his literary breakthrough in 2003 with the prizewinning novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been published in forty-nine languages and won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.More About Per Petterson