Monica Isakstuen
Be Kind to the Animals

A small family of three is falling apart. They couldn’t make it. Karen couldn’t make it. While doing everything right - parting as friends, signing the papers, sharing custody, the way a modern woman is supposed to, everything inside her is rebelling. No, the child is mine. I’m its mother. There is nothing modern about me.

Still, the questions arise: To what degree is the role as a mother connected to being a family? Is the daughter still hers when she is with her father? If you’re a mother one week, what are you the next? Be Kind to the Animals is a raw, warm, acute, but at the same time surprising novel about being in the ruins of a marriage with the one you care about the most – every other week.

Winner of the 2016 Norwegian National Book Award Brageprisen for Fiction.

Monica Isakstuen

Monica Isakstuen
Photo: Paal Audestad

Monica Isakstuen (b. 1976) made her literary debut in 2009. Her 2014 novel Replay about pianist Joyce Hatto and the greatest fraud in classical music earned rave reviews, with VG naming it one of the best books of the year.

Rights sold to

Germany (Eichborn), Sweden (Brombergs Bokförlag)

Other titles

Avstand², 2009
Alltid nyheter, 2011 (Poetry)
Om igjen, 2104

Foreign rights

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Edited July 26, 2019 by Oslo Literary Agency