I am delighted to join the blog tour for A Modern Family by Helga Flatland today! My thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invitation to join and the wonderful review copy received from Orenda Books!
When Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce.
Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history.
A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change…
Pub date: 21 June 2019 * Paperback * Price: £8.99 * ISBN 978-1-912374-45-8
This book is a beautifully written and very deep exploration into the thoughts and feelings of a family, following the split of a married couple who are divorcing after forty years of marriage.
Like many others, I am currently fascinated by Scandinavian novels and it was a refreshing change to read one that wasn’t crime based.
Helga Flatland’s skills as an author were second to none. A Modern Family was written from the perspectives of three family members, Liv, Ellen and Hakon. These three were the offspring of Sverre and Torill, the aged parents who have had some time to get used to their life-changing decision to split. When they make their announcement to their family, all are shocked.
Liv is the oldest sibling with Ellen as the middle child and the youngest is Hakon. Helga Flatland examines the fallout from the announcement with intelligence and sophistication. The author has an extremely intense writing-style which I found was very befitting to the story.
The complex relationships that exist between siblings, mothers and daughters and fathers and their children were wonderfully and intricately examined and the power of this book was brilliantly executed so that, at times, it took my breath away.
A Modern Family was so incredibly moving and absorbing and for me it is a possible contender for my best books of the year.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Orenda Books via Random Things Tours. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
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About The Author
Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize.
She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards. Her fifth novel, A Modern Family, was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies.
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