In the Wake
I really like this little book. Only 202 pages. Written by Per Petterson, translated from the Norwegian by Anne Born.
Someone gave Arvid (the book star)a glass of Gin. He finds himself pounding on the door of a bookshop he worked in 3 years ago and doesn't how he got there or why his ribs hurt. That's where we start. As we follow him though his thought process we discover that his family were killed in a boat fire. Only a brother is left to him.
The journey of this story is how these two finally come to terms with their loss. It only took 6 years, the loss of both their marriages and pretty much everything else.
This book is beautifully written. It is erratic at first but as Arvid works things through the story becomes centered and thoughtful.