Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (2003)

After losing his wife, Trond moves to a remote place close to the Norwegian-Swedish border with a dog as company. When he discovers that his sole neighbour is someone he knew 50 years ago, he cannot stop thinking about the tragic summer that changed everything.

It is a beautiful book. The way the pine forest is described definitely made me smell it. I kept waiting for something epic to happen, but nothing does. I wish there were more to this story. I didn’t connect with Trond because I knew nothing about him. I’m slightly disappointed, and if it wasn’t for the beautiful language, I’d be a lot more disappointed.

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