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Posted March 16, 2013
A small treasure of a book, ¿It¿s Fine by Me¿ gifts the reader
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A small treasure of a book, “It’s Fine by Me” gifts the reader with more of Petterson’s excellent, spare, clean writing that somehow simultaneously conveys unspeakable emotion. Auden Sletten, an eighteen-year-old resident of an Oslo suburb, has not has an easy life; and the story provides insight into why through occasional flashbacks. His alcoholic, abusive father fortunately abandoned the family some years back, leaving Auden, along with his mother and siblings to make their own rocky road. But don’t think this book is a typical “poor-me” saga, for despite Auden’s veneer of toughness, his deep compassion surfaces again and again. Petterson won the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for “Out Stealing Horses,” and “It’s Fine,” actually an earlier work, confirms his reputation.
Posted August 23, 2013
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