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Sonja is learning to drive. Her instructor is insane. She should have done this when she was eighteen (like her sister who w lives in a big house in the countryside with her husband and kids and has stopped returning her calls). On the streets of Copenhagen she struggles with the mirrors, with the signalling - she can't even change gears. Her masseuse thinks she witholds her emotions, she needs to let them hang out more. And then there's the positional vertigo that threatens to overwhelm her at the most inconvenient moments. Dorthe Nors' examines the absurdity of modern life, the complexity of human desire, and the ache of loneliness and disappointment in a vel shot through with flashes of humour. This is a stylishly original and meticulously structured story about searching for meaning in the sometimes alienating urban landscape, and eventually finding a way home. 'Sonja is a thoroughly modern heroine... thing at all like Bridget Jones. Comical and clever, with a knife-twist of uneasiness.' - The Times'This vel reads like a sort of Danish Woody Allen: existential, domestic, gently humorous' - Daily Mail
Dorthe Nors was born in 1970 and studied literature at the University of Aarhus. She is one of the most original voices in contemporary Danish literature. Her short stories have have appeared in numerous international periodicals including including The Boston Review and Harpers, and she is the first Danish writer ever to have a story published in the New Yorker. Nors has published four novels so far, in addition to a collection of stories Karate Chop, and a novella Minna needs rehearsal space, also published by Pushkin Press. Karate Chop won the prestigious P. O. Enquist Literary Prize in 2014. She lives in rural Jutland, Denmark.