In an attempt to understand her parents’ life, Johanne is forced to dig deeper into the darker layers of her own marriage. Alone in the empty houses and at the former garden centre in Lauvstad she is finally able to confront her own shame, aggression and defiance. Is it possible to go on living together after betrayal and adultery?
In a prose full of rhythm and movements a dark family drama is at play, the setting is a small village in the Western part of Norway. «My gentle self» is a novel about the light in darkness and the demons within us all.