April 2009 Indie Next List
“Sixty-seven-year-old Trond Sander wants to live in peace and quiet but finds himself confronted with a turbulent period of his youth. This award-winning and provocatively written novel loses nothing in translation from Norwegian, and, after reading Petterson's novel, the conversation in our book group was lively and inspired.”
— Cynthia Claridge, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, OR
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 oneof 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.
About the Author
Per Petterson is the author of five previous novels, which established him as one of Norway's best fiction writers. Petterson worked as a manual laborer, spent twelve years as a bookseller, and was a translator and literary critic before becoming a full-time writer. His novel Out Stealing Horses won the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was named one of the best books of 2007 by the New York Times Book Review and Time.
Anne Born is a Michigan-born, Bronx-based writer who has been writing stories and poetry since childhood. She blogs on Open Salon (as Nilesite) and Red Room (as Anne Born) and is a contributing writer at The Broad Side. Her writing focuses on family and life in a big city after growing up in a small one. She is a photographer who specializes in photos of churches, cemeteries, and the Way of St. James in Spain. Most of her writing is done on a New York City bus or a subway train. Anne Born organizes family history writing workshops in New York. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @nilesite or visit her website: http: //thebackpackpress.com.
“Petterson’s spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force.” —The New Yorker
“A gripping account of such originality as to expand the reader’s own experience of life.” —The New York Times Book Review “Out Stealing Horses looks like a charming but modest chamber-piece. In retrospect—and this is a novel that strikes deep and lingers long—it feels more like some shattering literary symphony.” —The Independent
“A . . . miracle of a book.” —The Irish Times