About the Author:
Alex Dahl is a half-American, half-Norwegian author. Born in Oslo, she wrote The Boy at the Door while living in Sandefjord.
(In no order of preference, except Gilead, which will forever be my number #1.)
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – an absolute masterpiece and my favourite read ever!
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I loved everything about Cloud Atlas, especially how Mitchell bends genres with (seemingly) great ease.
White Noise by Don de Lillo. For me, this novel was life-changing in its way of validating the underlying confusion and anxiety of post-modern life. Very funny and sad simultaneously, just how I like it !
Away by Amy Bloom. I loved this little, odd, sad book. Bloom’s talent for unexpected prose and cutting straight to the bone of the human experience never ceases to surprise me.
The Girls by Emma Cline. I thought this was extraordinarily accomplished and it stayed with me for so long I didn’t want to read anything else for weeks and weeks after.
After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell. This was the first book that broke my heart.. It made me want to write a grief novel. I love everything by Maggie O’Farrell!
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. I read this recently and was totally blown away by it. Such accomplished prose combined with an unsettling, eerie plot. Just perfect!
Grief is The Thing with Feathers by Max Porter. I like the sad stuff and this was atmospheric, beautiful and explorative in the best possible way.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. One of the books that’s never left me. I’ve read it about five times.
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro. I love Ishiguro, and this one is my favourite. Beautiful, enigmatic, exotic- what more could you wish for?