224 pages, 8.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 in
December 1, 2011
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 literary master.
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 Prize.
"A sensible, brittle, and razor sharp description of a boy's universe."
"Petterson is a great stylist and portrays his characters with an unsentimental tenderness and understanding which can make anything beautiful."
"You have to find your own way after reading through this book. The text gnaws you, pushes you forward. Great literature does that."