Review of It’s Fine by Me by Per Petterson
This new novel is a coming-of-age story featuring 13-year-old Auden Sletten in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Auden’s older brother has drowned in a car accident and it sounds like Petterson has written quite a brooding novel. Petterson is familiar with grief – his mother, father, brother and nephew died in a ferry tragedy in 1990.
Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and has worked in many trades, including bookselling and being a translator. He made his literary debut in 1987 with a short story collection called Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes. Out Stealing Horses has been translated into 40 languages and won many prizes, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.