It's Fine by Me: A Novel

It's Fine by Me: A Novel


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ISBN-13: 9780312595340
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 982,380
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Per Petterson won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into more than thirty languages and was named a Best Book of 2007 by the New York Times, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications. He is the author of In the Wake, To Siberia, I Curse the River of Time, and Out Stealing Horses. He lives in Norway.

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It's Fine by Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BonnieMcCune More than 1 year ago
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.
oldblack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I like Petterson's style, and although I don't think this is his best book, I still found it very enjoyable. His characters are very introspective and observant about their relationships. The main character is only young, but he speaks with a mature voice and this is certainly not YA genre. It's been about 40 years since I read it, but "It's Fine By Me" reminded me a lot of Camus' "The Outsider". Petterson is about my age and he writes about his own times (this is set in the Vietnam War days, when Petterson was a teenager) which is another reason that I found resonance with his story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago