Join Norwegian writer Vigdis Hjorth in conversation with Nicole Krauss around the launch of Hjorth's novel Will and Testament.
As the bestselling book in Norway in 2016, selling over 150,000 copies, its English translation is highly anticipated. The Guardian has called Hjorth the next possible Elena Ferrante.
The novel follows Bergljot, a divorced writer with three grown children, who cut off contact with her parents twenty years ago and has no expectation of being included in their will. But when there’s a dispute over two summer cabins, she finds herself pulled back into the family she has worked desperately to escape. The drama unfolds with disturbing confrontations, an overdose, a death, pleas for reconciliation, a sealed letter in a safe, but ultimately it’s her desire to survive her childhood trauma and be believed that drives the narrative.
Vigdis Hjorth is the author of over a dozen prize-winning and best-selling novels. Will and Testament sold 150,000 copies in Norway and has received several awards, including the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize, as well as being nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize. She lives in Oslo.
Nicole Krauss is the author of the mesmerizing new novel, Forest Dark – hailed as “lucid and exhilarating” by The New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The History of Love. Her first novel, Man Walks into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and named to the New Yorker’s Twenty Under Forty list in 2010. Her fiction has been published in the New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.