An elderly woman thinks about her former housekeeper, a woman her and her husband were close to for a period of time, before abruptly dismissing her. Everyone but she and her husband question what happened. The couple has silently agreed to not discuss their past. While he becomes more and more closed up, she tries to break out of the isolation and silence, for instance by speaking to a priest.
The novel is about the love between two people who have made important choices that define their entire existence, just to realize that some things can’t be omitted. The past not only resurfaces, it has been there all along.
Awarded the Nordic Council Literary Prize 2012 and the Norwegian Literary Critics’ Prize 2011.