The man in front of her was sitting very still on a rock smoking a Prince cigarette, now slightly smiling, with his elbows on his knees and his legs opened wide. Apart from their difference in size, he didn't really measure up to her, so why was she interested in him? But that’s something, anyway, she said to herself; she wasn’t going up the hierarchy, like most women, but down the opposite way. Is it so easy, so childish? To do the opposite? What was she after? She was having a break. From herself, from work, the past, the future, her life. Putting off difficult things, demanding things, have a break, rest at his place. It won’t solve the problem. And he isn’t even aware that there’s a problem. That she is not accountable for her actions at the time of the crime, on the run, that he is a kind of shelter.
Tire Change (Hjulskift) is a love story about Truls, a car salesman, and Louise, a professor of literature. It’s an intelligent and humorously told story of an encounter between two people who come from opposite ends of the cultural spectrum.
"I can do nothing but to bring out the superlatives (…) She dissects difference in class, love, intimacy, art and life in a pure, simple and extremely precise language."
"Hjorths latest publications portraits ever better dilemmas about living a life in the upper cultural layers of the Norwegian middle class. She writes thought provokingly and entertaining (…) Her books is amongst the best that is published in Norway today."
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