Monica Isakstuen

Be Kind to the Animals

Brilliant novel about divorce and mother-daughter relationship
A small family of three is falling apart. They couldn’t make it. Karen
couldn’t make it. Many voices emerge, from friends to family therapists,
with supposedly helping words: Shared custody. Mediation.
Distribution. Attachment. Predictable behaviour. Transit phase.
Children are robust creatures. Karen listens to them, the way a
modern woman is supposed to, while everything inside her is rebelling.
No, the child is mine. I’m it’s 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?
With sharpness and warmth, Isakstuen portrays a mother who fears
she has failed her child. Be Kind to the Animals is a raw, acute and
harrowing novel about being in the ruins of a marriage with the one
you care about the most – every other week.

«An extraordinary reading experience. The voice
is analysing and at the same time self-critical and
self-revealing – and lyrical. Sometimes there is also a
touch of humour in the presentation, although muted.
Monica Isakstuen shows herself as a great stylist,
yet again.»

Hamar Arbeiderblad

«An incredibly beautiful and good description of
a life dilemma, I’m impressed by both content and
form. The world needs to see this book.»

Sissel Gran, psychologist an marital therapist

«Brilliant novel about divorce and
mother-daughter relationship.»

Demokraten

Monica Isakstuen

Isakstuen, portrett 2016, paal audestad

Monica Isakstuen (born 1976) made her debut in 2009.
Be Kind to the Animals is her third novel.

Other titles

2008 – Sånn, borte
2009 – Avstand
2011 – Alltid nyheter
2014 – Om igjen

Foreign rights

Please contact:
Tiden Norsk forlag
Richard Aarø
[email protected]

Awards

Brage Prize 2016

Edited December 06, 2017 by Tiden Norsk Forlag