Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for One Last Time By Helga Flatland I would like to share an extract, with all of you. Thank you very much to Anne from Random Things Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Orenda Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: 24 06 2021
Price*: Kindle £3.79 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.49 (GBP)
Kindle $6.15 (USD)/ Paperback $15.95 (USD)
Pages: ~ 276
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Description of the book: Anne’s life is rushing to an unexpected and untimely end. But her diagnosis of terminal cancer isn’t just a shock for her and for her daughter Sigrid and granddaughter Mia it shines a spotlight onto their fractured and uncomfortable relationships.
On a spur-of-the moment trip to France the three generations of women reveal harboured secrets, long-held frustrations and suppressed desires, and learn humbling and heart-warming lessons about how life should be lived when death is so close.
With all of Helga Flatland’s trademark humour, razor-sharp wit and deep empathy, One Last Time examines the great dramas that can be found in ordinary lives, asks the questions that matter to us all and ultimately celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, in an exquisite, enchantingly beautiful novel that urges us to treasure and rethink … everything.
It’s not unusual for Mum to call Mia, they often chat, probably more often than I speak to either of them on the phone. But there’s something about the timing, or perhaps it’s just me. Perhaps I’m always on my guard when Mum calls, and perhaps the relief that it’s never anything serious erases my memory of the anxiety I feel at receiving each call. Either way, it’s unlikely that Mum would have called to talk to me about the hens. I try calling her back once we’re in bed, but she doesn’t pick up. I check Facebook before bed, as I often do, to see how long it is since she, Mia and Magnus were last online. Mum was active nineteen minutes ago, I relax my shoulders. I register the fact that it’s also nineteen minutes since Jens last logged in.
I lie there and listen to Aslak breathing and the distant alarm in the city that I’ve never become accustomed to, it still disturbs me, even though I object when Aslak complains and says it’s impossible to sleep with the windows open in the summertime. Rubbish, this is one of Oslo’s quietest neighbourhoods, I told him during one of our first summers here, pushing open the window that looks onto the garden, you won’t find anywhere quieter than this if you want to live in the city, I continued. I’m not the one who wants to live here, he replied, closing the window.
I was the one who wanted to move to Oslo when I was done with my foundation training, when I was done with my studies and everything that had gone before them, done with village life, done with my feelings for Jens, done with Dad, done with Mum’s invasive loneliness. Aslak and Mia had to adapt to my needs, as he put it years later, not sounding angry or accusatory, more as if he were simply acknowledging the fact. I can’t carry an eternal debt of gratitude to you, I shouted at the time, not that he’s ever asked for gratitude, not once. But over the past year I’ve felt his need for some sort of assurance on a daily basis, payback in the form of some kind of commitment that I can never leave him. In the worst moments, my jealousy of Mia – her rebellion and freedom, the way she’s pulling away from Aslak – leaves me livid, and in that same instant, guiltily I grieve.
About the author: Helga Flatland is already one of Norway s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas First Book Prize. She has written four novels and a children s book and has won several other literary awards. Her fifth novel, A Modern Family (her first English translation), was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies. End of Life was published in 2020 and is currently topping bestseller lists in Norway.
Rosie Hedger was born in Scotland and completed her MA (Hons) in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She has lived and worked in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and now lives in York where she works as a freelance translator. Rosie was a candidate in the British Center for Literary Translation s mentoring scheme for Norwegian in 2012, mentored by Don Bartlett.
Website: rosiehedger.com / Twitter: @rosie_hedger
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