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Hanne Ørstavik & Kerri Arsenault on Love

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Join Archipelago Books at Community Bookstore for a conversation with Norwegian author Hanne Ørstavik and Kerri Arsenault of the National Book Critics Circle about Ørstavik's novel LOVE ("a haunting masterpiece" —Publishers Weekly)

With the publication of her first novel CUT in 1994, Hanne Ørstavik launched a career that would make her one of the most acclaimed authors in Norwegian contemporary literature. Her literary breakthrough came with the publication of LOVE, which in 2006 was voted the 6th best Norwegian book of the last 25 years. It follows a single mother and her nine-year-old son who have just moved to a remote small town in northern Norway. Over the course of one bitterly cold night, we move seamlessly between their two inner lives and experiences. It's a novel that shows immaculately how we can be worlds apart from the people we're meant to be closest to. Martin Aitken did a remarkable job of capturing the language, emotion, and silences of LOVE.

Kerri Arsenault serves on the National Book Critics Circle Board and her writings have appeared in Freeman’s, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Oprah.com, among other publications. She is also writes for Lithub and is Book Editor for Journal of the North Atlantic and Arctic. Her forthcoming narrative nonfiction book, What Remains (Picador), is about the hazards of living in and leaving the paper mill town of Mexico, Maine.