CB Book Club, November: "Will and Testament," by Vigdis Hjorth
November 13, 2019, 7:30 PM
The Community Bookstore Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month, at 7:30 pm, to discuss, argue, consider, reconsider, and dig deep into our chosen work of fiction. At the end of each meeting, we choose next month's title together.
This month, November 2019, we're meeting to discuss - Will and Testament, by Vigdis Hjorth, translated by Charlotte Barslund.
The Book Club will meet on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30 pm, at Community Bookstore.
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature, Will and Testament is a provocative bestseller from one of Norway’s most highly regarded novelists,
Four siblings. Two summer houses. One terrible secret. When a dispute over her parents’ will grows bitter, Bergljot is drawn back into the orbit of the family she fled twenty years before. Her mother and father have decided to leave two island summer houses to her sisters, disinheriting the two eldest siblings from the most meaningful part of the estate. To outsiders, it is a quarrel about property and favouritism. But Bergljot, who has borne a horrible secret since childhood, understands the gesture as something very different—a final attempt to suppress the truth and a cruel insult to the grievously injured.
Will and Testament is a lyrical meditation on trauma and memory, as well as a furious account of a woman’s struggle to survive and be believed. Vigdis Hjorth’s novel became a controversial literary sensation in Norway and has been translated into twenty languages.
"Will and Testament is a compulsively readable novel, one that turns questions of shame into weapons against silence."
– Paris Review
"Hjorth’s thoughtful, drily funny, and often devastating novel will leave a deep and lasting impression on readers."
– Publishers Weekly
“In a ruthless yet patiently delivered work, Hjorth does something that few writers achieve: Will and Testament is both economical and overwhelming.”
– Financial Times