On a tiny island off Norway besieged by weather and the sea, the compelling story of one family unfolds, in Roy Jacobsen’s profound and haunting novel. Translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw.

Ingrid Barrøy is born on an island that bears her name - home for a single family, their farm, their hopes and dreams. Island life is hard, a living scratched from the dirt or trawled from the sea, so when Ingrid comes of age, she is sent to the mainland to work for one of the wealthy families on the coast. But Norway, too, is waking up to a wider world, a modern world that can be capricious and cruel. Tragedy strikes, and Ingrid must fight to protect the home she thought she had left behind.

Shortlisted
2017 Man Booker International Prize
Published by
MacLehose Press
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