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It's Fine By Me: A Novel Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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As the new boy in high school, Audun refuses to remove his dark glasses (“I liked the distance they created”), and his wry, melancholy first-person, present-tense narrative nails how the teen’s defiance hides his fragility. Expelled from Boy Scouts, he knows he will never again join an organized group. Haunted by the death of his brother, Ergel, in a car accident, Audun remembers Ergel as “a pain in the ass,” never mind the priest’s “sentimental waffle” at the funeral. Like Petterson’s award-winning Out Stealing Horses (2007), featuring Audun’s friend Arvid, this story is as much about what is not spoken as it is about the angry daily detail (“It’s funny the things you don’t forget”). Much of the focus is on work, as Audun gets up early to run a paper route, then later quits school for a job in a printing press, until he is fired and cannot go home. The casual comments intensify the heartbreak: Why did his father leave? The spaces make the answers (or lack of them) universal. --Hazel Rochman
“It's Fine By Me . . . convey[s] those ordinary experiences close to Petterson's heart: the pleasure, for example, in the midst of domestic strife, of slowly and very carefully rolling a good cigarette, brewing the perfect coffee and settling down on the sofa with a fine book, like this one.” ―The Guardian
“It's Fine By Me is many things--an engaging coming-of-age tale, a writer's halting journey and a story of family drama and the inevitable stages of grief. With Audun Sletten Petterson has created a hero with gutsy resilience and a nose for the truth of things. You'd like to meet him on a street in your own home town.” ―The Scotsman
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If for no other reason reading this book is worth reading because it is beautifully written.
We encounter our hero as he enters a new school in the late 60's and to say he has a chip on his shoulder is to describe the Mona Lisa as a portrait of an unknown female. He is angry, petulant, confrontational all glued together with a lower-middle class arrogance. Audun Sletten is from a bit of a hard scrabble background wrung out of a not atypical broken family. His father is a hard drinking disappearing act rarely seen and his mother is a not bad looking early middle-aged mom looking for love. Audun has a brother and sister who predictably disappoint in ways all too familiar in that setting.
This coming of age novel ushers us back and forth in Audun's formative years through friendships found and lost, fights and furies, and of course a strong dose of smoking, drinking an what not. His major friend is the redoubtable Arvid Jansen (I Curse the River of Time). Audun is by turns a knight in shining armor and a true jerk. One of his more endearing qualities is a love of books and seemingly Hemingway and London. I have no insight here but I suspect there is more here of the author than he might be willing to admit. Drawing a line down the middle of his character you just might find you know this guy pretty well. And if you don't you might have led a fairly protected life. Audun Sletten... not so much. A quick read but full enough to be satisfying. 2.75* GIBO