Torleif plays the harding fiddle, is a high school student at a boarding school in the city. He's not been to his home village since his mother died two years ago. He's found new friends at school and made his own family. When his grandfather suffers a stroke, Torleif is asked to come home for autumn break to take care of him.
His father and brother are quiet men who are mainly interested in hunting. Torleif has never told them that he is gay. He's not told anyone else in the village either, and he particularly doesn't want the old gang of friends, led by Stig-Rune, to know. But then Torleif meets fellow harding fiddle player Horimyo, and all the unsaid things begin to bubble up to the surface.
Fiddle Fever is a story of music and love. About family, and daring to be oneself.
NORLA SELECTED TITLE SPRING 2023
ONE OF VG’S BEST BOOK OF 2023
A credible and touching book about the difficult road to come out of the closet when living in a small village surrounded by masculine men of the very traditional kind. Torleif fights his way through many layers of stereotypes, talk and expectations to appear as he is. He’s a fiddle player, and another quality of the book is that it offers insight into a deeply Norwegian and exotic environment: spelemannslaget (fiddling group).
VG, five/six stars
A gripping novel for young adults about finding oneself, be oneself and about the love of music. [...] Hansson tours descriptions of nature, cultural history and identity in a wonderful way in this novel.
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