Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
By Dorthe Nors, and Misha Hoekstra
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.
This is an unassuming story of a lady in her forties dealing with being an adult despite not really wanting the responsibility of having to do so. The story is really told through her inability to communicate with her sister for reasons which seem unclear and her inability to learn to drive - blamed initially on the instructor. It started quite well and there were some amusing parts, but it lost momentum in the middle and never really got back on track. The manner of muddling through life was captured well, but the book just felt like a muddle with no resolution or revelation.
Several members of the group have abandoned reading this as it was considered a bit boring and there is a feeling in our group that there are too many good books out there to finish ones we aren't enjoying. We do still wish Dorthe Nors all the best for the Man Booker International Prize and would try other books by this author. We are #TeamDorthe for #MBI2017