By Linn Ullmann
One of the New York occasions ebook Review's 100 amazing Books of 2014!
Ullmann’s characters are complicated and paradoxical: neither totally accountable nor absolutely innocent
Siri Brodal, a chef and eating place proprietor, is married to Jon Dreyer, a recognized novelist laid low with writer’s block. Siri and Jon have daughters, and jointly they spend their summers at the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s fashionable and unforgiving mother.
Siri and Jon’s marriage is loving yet tricky, and bothered by means of painful secrets and techniques. they've got a strained dating with their elder daughter, Alma, who struggles to discover her position within the kin constellation. whilst Milla is employed as a nanny to permit Siri to paintings her lengthy hours on the eating place and Jon to supposedly meet the cut-off date on his e-book, existence within the idyllic summer season neighborhood takes a dire flip. One wet July evening, Milla disappears with no hint. After her is still are came across and a suspect is pointed out, all people who had any reference to her feels implicated in her tragedy and haunted by means of what they can have performed to avoid it.
The chilly Song is a narrative approximately telling tales and approximately how lifestyles is consistently invented and reinvented.
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S. in wks so shld be attainable. Will consult with my mom if Gunnar can stick with her … Kisses Jon checked out Karoline’s message. How outdated used to be this girl? He counted on his arms. years more youthful than him. Forty-nine? So what the hell used to be happening with the little smiley faces? Did she reflect on herself as a bit lady having her past love affair? a bit Lolita. a bit dish. He laughed out loud. How lousy. A smiley face. She wasn’t simply humorless, she was once silly too. And simply the point out of that son of hers. Gunnar. I don’t wish us to be with those humans, Dad. Alma is weird … She’s a freak, you recognize. He wrote: I don’t ever are looking to move at any place with you or consult you back or pay attention approximately your son. You’re humorless, pathetic, ridiculous, grotesque, and dull, I hate fucking you, I hate your shriveled-up cunt, you stink, you ring a bell in me of every little thing that’s despicable approximately myself and the full fucking global. Jon He learn it over. convinced, that used to be it, precisely! Then he pressed DELETE. What distinction did it make, besides? Why no longer visit Sandefjord with Karoline? He may simply to boot visit Sandefjord with Karoline as no longer move. Karoline could no less than are looking to fuck. His telephone chirruped back. He learn the textual content. Jon—has it ever happened to you that every little thing you do has results. regularly. Jon all started. What the hell? Had he despatched that shriveled-cunt message to Karoline in any case? He eyed the whiskey bottle. What the hell had he performed now? He broke out in a sweat. He checked DELETED MESSAGES—and there it used to be. He hadn’t despatched it. He deleted it back. He checked out the message he had simply acquired. Jon—has it ever happened to you that every thing you do has results. consistently. He checked out the quantity from which the message have been despatched. He didn’t realize it. was once Siri sending him messages from a mystery cellphone? used to be this a brand new form of online game? Had she figured out in regards to the different girls? He felt the whiskey coming again on him and needed to positioned his hand to his mouth to maintain from being unwell. He took a deep breath. It used to be o.k.. He wasn’t going to be ailing. He wasn’t going to die. This was once not anything. there has been not anything to fret approximately. He used to be the following in his own residence. every thing used to be o.k.. yet might Siri have in some way hacked into the night’s trade of textual content messages and despatched him a message from a cellular phone he didn’t recognize about—and why did she have a cellular phone he didn’t learn about? Jon keyed within the quantity for listing inquiries yet drew a clean there. after which got here one other message, repeating the phrases from the final one. every little thing you do has results. constantly. He poured one other drink and wrote: who're you? He didn't have lengthy to attend. You haven’t advised all you recognize approximately why she disappeared. Then got here one other message. I’m Amanda, Milla’s mom, yet you knew that, didn’t you? in the summertime of 2009 Jon and Siri and the youngsters spent accurately 4 days at Mailund earlier than packing up all their stuff and heading again to Oslo. Jenny and Irma had sat up each evening consuming Cabernet and sought after not anything to do with the remainder of the family members, and while Liv wouldn’t cease crying after having run into her grandmother inebriated within the kitchen early one morning on the finish of June, Siri introduced that she wasn’t staying there one other minute.