Author(s): Roy Jacobsen
Barr y Island off the North-western coast of Norway - a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. And their fears. There is a taint passed down the Barr y line, and Hans and Maria Barr y fear their daughter Ingrid may be affected. The early years of the twentieth century prove that Norway cannot stand apart from the wider world - no more than Barr y island can remain at a remove from the rest of Norway. Hans Barr y decides to build a quay so that his family can be properly connected to the mainland and with neighbouring islands. In time, Ingrid is sent to serve with one of the rich families on the coast, caring for their two children. But when tragedy strikes - twice in quick succession - she finds herself responsible not only for two newly orphaned children, but for Barr y Island itself. If they are to survive, she and the other young must learn how to tame this remote earthly paradise for themselves.
long lisred 2017 Man Booker
A modern masterpiece ... A central novel in Norwegian literature. Klassekampen. Roy Jacobsen at his very best ... A fantastic novel. Dagbladet. This is simply a beautiful and moving read ... A master's hand turning the small into the great. V.G.
Roy Jacobsen has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council's Literary Award: for Seierherrene in 1991, and Frost in 2003, and in 2009 he was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Award for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles.