A compact, funny, devastating novel about sibling rivalry and modern motherhood, from one of Norway’s rising stars
Ida is a forty-year-old architect, single and struggling with the feeling of panic as she realises her chances of motherhood are rapidly falling away from her. She’s navigating Tinder and contemplating freezing her eggs – but tries to put a pause on these worries as she heads out to the seaside family cabin for her mother’s 65th birthday. That is, until some supposedly wonderful news from her sister sets old tensions simmering, building to an almighty clash between Ida and her sister, her mother, and her entire family.
Exhilarating, funny, and unexpectedly devastating, Grown Ups gets up close and personal with a dysfunctional modern family.
A well translated, enjoyable short novel.
I was compelled to feel sorry for the main character throughout the book but there were several points where I felt angry about her actions. She seems like she has lost her way and is so caught up with where she thinks her life should be that she’s forgotten to live the life she has.
The storyline is simple and overall the book was an enjoyable read although the end doesn’t feel quite final, I wanted more closure. Perhaps there will be another book to carry on the tale.
Released 3rd June 2021
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