A young woman finds new parents online. A little girl gets lost in the store, and when called upon, her father insists that she is not his child. An actor is hired to act an older brother that has been lost. A man catfishes adoptees looking for their families. Three siblings play house. Everywhere we look there are family relations, no matter who we are, we all come from a family, or something that was or could have been one.
In Your Family, Nora Eide writes her way into family relations in all matters of the word. Like a dentist poking around teeth to find rot, Eide poke around in known and unknown familyrelations to find the actual bindings between us, and what it takes to unleash them.
The short stories, texts and points that builds Eides debut is sometimes hurtfull, sometimes funny, but all the time though provoking portraits of family ties and human loneliness, that even in the warmest embraces appear to go hand in hand.
"While the stories vary in style and length, they are bound together by the authors ability to describe Norwegian everyday life with clinical precision. (...) The result is almost hyper realistic, even if the situations that are described borders on believable. (...) Your family is an unusually solid publication. It gives a precise description of our vision of blood and water, and every time you laugh, it hurts a tiny bit."
"Eide succeed in saying something significantly about the role of the family ... and she does it with originality, passion and precision."
DAG OG TID
"Thought provoking variations on the topic of family, community, belonging and loneliness ... The collection is soberly and consequently executed, where many of the texts are closing up on the topic from unexpected angles, with surprising twists, leaving the reader in thoughtfulness."
Five out of six stars!
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