I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for A Modern Family by Helga Flatland today. With thanks to Anne Cater for the invite to join the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy. First things first though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce. Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history. A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change…
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked up A Modern Family but what I did find in this book was a story about life, love and relationships both family and romantic.
This book pulled me in right from the first few pages and completely wrapped me up in this family. I felt like I was a part of everything taking place within this book so it was very easy to feel as if I was right there with them. The story easily mixes in the present events with anecdotes from Liv, Ellen and Håkon’s childhood along with hearing snippets of their past as a family. Once the shock of their parents divorce sinks in you see the reactions and fall out as the characters begin to question things that have been kept firmly below the surface. The family dynamic in this book is so interesting mainly because while you read you will see bits and pieces of similarities in maybe yourself and even your own family.
Told from the perspectives of mainly Liv and Ellen you get a to the point and almost intense look at their feelings. I felt immersed in their situations, the characters aren’t perfect but this gave them a realistic edge so I guess it was very easy to become involved in their thoughts and feelings. As with everything there are different sides to every situation and this story gets that point across perfectly! You never really know what’s going on in someone’s life and in A Modern Family this is brought into sharp focus. I felt an emotional connection to the characters as they make their way through life after their parent’s decision. There are different layers and depths to this story which are slowly pieced together as you see the characters deal with life and their own relationships. Once I finished this book I realised how immersed I had become in the story and I’m pretty sure that the characters will stay with me for quite some time!
A Modern Family is thought provoking and beautifully written. A real gem of a story!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize. She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards. Her fifth novel, A Modern Family, was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies.