Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
“We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and one of the first days of July.”
Trond’s friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them. But this morning was different. What began as a joy ride on “borrowed” horses ends with Jon falling into a strange trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon earlier that day—an incident that marks the beginning of a series of vital losses for both boys. Set in the easternmost region of Norway, Out Stealing Horses begins with an ending. Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer. Published in 2007, 256 pages.
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“In a Lonely Place” by Thomas McGuane. Book Review in the New York Times.
“‘Out Stealing Horses’ Beats Fiction Heavyweights” report on the IMPAC Dublin prize. All Things Considered, July 16, 2007 NPR.
“A Northern Light Per Petterson’s Poignant Family Tales Have Placed Him on the Literary Map” By Bob Thompson. Washington Post. Wednesday, December 26, 2007; Page C01.
“Novelist Per Petterson on Voice, Landscape and His “New” Novel, To Siberia” by Tom Christie in LA Weekly, Dec. 9, 2008