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The Blue Room by Hanne Ørstavik, Deborah Dawkin (Translator)

The Blue Room (Coming of Age Series) - Hanne Ørstavik, Deborah Dawkin
bookshelves: published-1999, translation, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, norway, autumn-2014, lifestyles-deathstyles, under-100-ratings, psychology, abandoned, next
Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: B O D Y
Read from June 09 to October 17, 2014


Description: A novel about a mother-daughter relationship that will send a chill down your spine.

Johanne is a young woman in her twenties who lives with her mother. When she falls in love with Ivar, she finally feels ready to leave home. The couple plan a trip to America. But the morning of her departure, Johanne wakes up to find the door locked. Can she overcome her fears? Will she shout for help? Will she climb out of her seventh floor window?

Can anyone who has read this explain just why there is that unconnected bottle up the bum underage Asian girl paragraph, and what it had to do with the story? I couldn't happily carry on after that but suspect that fans of Elfriede Jelinek will now rush to buy a copy of this.

What a disparate series these Peirene shorts make, it appears that I either love them over the odds, **points at the three 4* items**, or detest them.

4* The Brothers
4* The Murder of Halland
WL Sea of Ink
4* The Next World Novella
1* Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman
1* The Blue Room