Finn lives with his mother in an apartment block in a working-class suburb of Oslo. It is 1961: life is vibrant, beautiful and stubbornly social-democratic. One day, a mysterious half-sister appears, and she turns his life upside down. In the course of a long summer, Finn attempts to fathom the incomprehensible adult world and his place within it. His mother appears to be carrying a painful secret, which pushes them ever further apart. And why is his new sister so different from every other child?
Child Wonder is a powerful and unsentimental portrait of childhood, full of light and warmth. Examining the world through the eyes of a child, Roy Jacobsen has written a prodigiously uplifting novel that shines with humanity.
Year published: 2011
Sub-genre: Historical fiction.
Imprint: MacLehose Press
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