Bjarte Klakegg: NINKOLAI

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Ninkolai
Published by Samlaget 2019

A book about gender identity and losing your nearest and dearest
Nikolai identifies himself as a boy, but he was born a girl named Nina. We follow his time spent on his grandparents’ farm after he was deserted by his mother at the age of twelve. His granddad, Johannes, is the only one who wants to see him as Nikolai. It slowly becomes clear that Johannes is becoming sick, and Nikolai has to live through the only one who can see him slowly fading away.

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Erlend Kaasa: BUT NOT MARIA

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Men ikkje Maria
Published by Samlaget, 2019

Living on the brink of disaster
Family life wasn’t always part of Palle’s life plans, but now he’s here: living with his wife Gro and a baby in a Bergen suburb. Right at the start of his paternity leave, Palle is looking forward to engaging with family life and getting to know his little Dagne. Yet under the surface of his day-to-day life, there is a burning, all-consuming darkness. Gro has started up a relationship with an older colleague and soon Maria, their Albanian au pair, is also taking greater steps into their lives. Maria slowly takes over Gro’s role in the household, forming close bonds with Palle and their little daughter.

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Jan Roar Leikvoll: THE SONGBIRD

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Songfuglen
Published by Samlaget, 2013

A strong tale of things dark and dangerous; both disturbing and beautiful
Since the day he was born, Jakoba has lived his life as a female. He has grown up with his mother and aunts in a town inhabited solely by women. He now finds himself on the cusp of adulthood and is developing feelings for a girl. Although it’s becoming increasingly difficult to hide his secret, he possesses a talent that may prove his salvation: Nobody sings as beautifully as Jakoba. Meanwhile, deep in the forest, on the far side of the valley, the menacing roar of the male of the species has been heard. Songbird looks at the loneliness that can arise when the safe, secure world you knew and thought would last forever, turns out to be a difficult and dangerous place.

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Mads Rage: THREE FRIENDS AND A BAD THING

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Tre vener og ein dum ting
Published by Samlaget, 2020

Friendships, a rifle, and oodles of moonshine
Three friends plan on talking shit, chugging spirits and playing Playstation for the rest of their days, and nothing’s gonna get in the way. Until a bad thing happens – two of these friends manage to blow the head off the third (known as The Gary Boy) and after a shriek of pain, they replace his lost head with what they have at hand… An old boat radio.

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Berit Rødstøl: THE AFTERMATH

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Etter punktum
Published by Samlaget, 2020

A Village That Will Not Forget
After a young girl dies in a tragic bus accident, a small West-Norwegian hamlet spirals into a dark cloud of grief and accusations. Stine, the daughter of the bus driver, loses her best friend in the incident. She is torn between her grief over losing her best friend and her anxiety about her father and their family falling into ruin. Eventually both Stine and her mother, Ingrid, become ostracised from their friends and those around them.

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Bår Stenvik: THE INFORMATION

Cover of "The Information"Informasjonen
Published by Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2018

Sven left Nora. Or did Nora leave Sven? Something went wrong between them  –but what? Sven should know. He’s an expert in interpersonal communications for the company Human Content, analyzing and counseling people on body language, coaching professionals. His relationship rupture coincides with a mysterious new project, where Sven is tasked with teaching emotional expression to the artificial intelligence SAM, an experimental digital coach. As Sven’s knowledge is transferred to SAM, man and machine grow closer. But how reliable are his assessments? Why does he experience blackouts? What does the company actually want from him? And what happened to Nora?

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