An intelligent single woman’s life lacks focus. She should learn to drive. How hard can it be? Very, it turns out, in Dorthe Nors’ wry, poignant tale. Translated by Misha Hoekstra.

Six months in, Sonja is still baffled by the basics and her driving instructor is still eccentric. Sonja is also struggling with an acute case of vertigo, a sister who won’t talk to her, a masseuse who is determined to solve her spiritual problems, and with being 40-something. Frenetic city life is a constant reminder that every man (and woman) is an island: she misses her rural childhood where ceilings were high and the sky was endless. Shifting gears and changing direction is not proving easy…

Shortlisted
The Man Booker International Prize 2017
Published by
Pushkin Press
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