#4. Out Stealing Horses: A Novel
by Per Petterson
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Show of hands: Who would have picked up a quiet novel about an old man named Trond living in a frozen cabin in the middle of nowhere? Translated from the Norwegian? Anyone? Do it: Petterson's story about a retired man's chance encounter with a neighbor who is connected to a key event from his teens, is a page-turner. The encounter "pulls aside the fifty years with a lightness that seems almost indecent," and it all comes tumbling and rushing out: a tragic accident, family secrets, wartime lies, regrets too long buried, sins too long unforgiven.
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