In just a couple of years Linn Skåber has become one of Norway's most read authors. To Us from Our Elders went straight to No. 1 on the Fiction Bestseller list when published recently. With her previous two books, Being Young and Being Grown-Up, it might not come as a surprise that this new book focuses on our oldest and wisest.
She has interviewed, observed, analyzed and written. As always, the lyrics are filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, sorrow and joy. Skåber's unique pen and Lisa Aisato's beautiful illustrations make these people come alive, and their lives are made clear and recognizable to us. And perhaps there is something to learn for us all.
The first two books were both huge bestsellers in Norway – rounding
100 000 copies for Being Young and 50 000 copies for Being Grown-Up.
Being Young is sold to eight countries.
Neither my friends nor I were anything to write home about. We were happy
about that. The pretty ones got married far too early.
I’d never be able to survive out there in today’s society. I’d offend someone with
my presence alone.
What a lovely book! It gives us a valuable reminder both of what life was, and what life will be again…. It is warm and beautiful, vulnerable and sad, but also very funny. Linn Skåber writes with a light touch – it’s as if you can see the twinkle in her eye between the lines.
What a debut! Skåber and Aisato has a rare mix of sweetness, poetic depth and twisted humour.