Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 in
Published: December 1, 2011
Publisher: Random House UK
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1846553695
ISBN - 13: 9781846553691
From the Publisher
The moving story of a young man''s life from an international
On his first day of school, a teacher welcomes Audun to the class
by asking him to describe his former life in the country. But there
are stories about his family he would prefer to keep to himself,
such as the weeks he spent living in a couple of cardboard boxes,
and the day of his little brother''s birth, when his drunken father
fired three shots into the ceiling. So he refuses to talk and
refuses to take off his sunglasses.
In his late teens Audun is the only one of his family who remains
with his mother in their home in a working-class district of Oslo.
He delivers newspapers when he is not in school and talks for hours
about Jack London and Ernest Hemingway with his best friend Arvid.
But he''s not sure that school is the right path for him, feeling
that life holds other possibilities.
Sometimes tender, sometimes brutal, It''s Fine by
Me is a brilliant novel from the acclaimed author of
Out Stealing Horses.
About the Author
Per Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several
years as an unskilled labourer, a bookseller, a writer and a
translator until he made his literary debut in 1987 with the
short-story collection Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My
Shoes, which was widely acclaimed by critics. His novel
Out Stealing Horses has been translated into forty
languages and won many prizes, including the International IMPAC
Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction
"A sensible, brittle, and razor sharp description of a boy''s
"Petterson is a great stylist and portrays his characters with an
unsentimental tenderness and understanding which can make anything
"You have to find your own way after reading through this book. The
text gnaws you, pushes you forward. Great literature does that."