Mirror Shoulder Signal
By Dorthe Nors, and Misha Hoekstra
Sonja’s over forty, and she’s trying to move in the right direction. She’s learning to drive. She’s joined a meditation group. And she’s attempting to reconnect with her sister.
But Sonja would rather eat cake than meditate.
Her driving instructor won’t let her change gear.
And her sister won’t return her calls.
Sonja’s mind keeps wandering back to the dramatic landscapes of her childhood – the singing whooper swans, the endless sky, and getting lost barefoot in the rye fields – but how can she return to place that she no longer recognises? And how can she escape the alienating streets of Copehangen?
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a poignant, sharp-witted tale of one woman’s journey in search of herself when there’s no one to ask for directions.Tweet
A quiet, insightful book about a Danish woman's attempts to make sense of her past and her future, and reconnect with her estranged family. The novel is driven by Sonja's interior world and her sometimes erratic thought processes; not much really happens, but Sonja heads towards a resolution as she starts to realise where her future lies.
I thought the novel sagged a little in the middle, but generally it's a really thoughtful meditation on memory and place, and how we make sense of our lives when they haven't quite turned out how we expected.