Across the China Sea (Paperback)
It's almost hard to think of this graceful and empathetic book as a novel, since not much happens. That said, it's been a while since I've loved a book in this way, for its poetry and insight about the small moments that make a life. Our narrator's family runs a home for the mentally challenged, and as he goes back to close the house after his mother's death, he takes us through his childhood--his closeness to a mute girl, his sister's tragic death, the struggles of his parents' relationship. It is an ode to memory, to family, to the beauty of patience and love. It is a kind and simple book, and one I hope you will treasure.
-- Cari— From Cari K. Staff Picks
About the Author
Gaute Heivoll is the author of Before I Burn, which won the Brage Prize and was a finalist for the Critics Prize and the Booksellers' Prize in Norway. He lives in southern Norway.