‘It’s Fine by Me’ by Per Petterson
Who doesn’t love the hopefulness of the coming-of-age story, where a young person journeys into adulthood and transforms? But what if the metamorphosis pretty much stays in the same shade of bleak? Well, In the hands of literary master Per Petterson, that’s actually part of the pleasure. Spare, slim, and haunting, It’s Fine By Me, published a decade ago in his native Norway, and newly translated, offers the same moody prose and brilliantly unsentimental character revelations that have made Petterson a star.