Norwegian by Night By Derek B. Miller
(c) 2012. First US edition 2013
Rating: * * * * *
Norwegian by Night is full of unexpected little gems like a magic dust bunny carefully transported in a hobo pack.
A grumpy old man living in an unfamiliar world rescues a traumatized little boy from his mother’s abuser. Meanwhile, we ponder. What is dementia, and who decides if someone has it? What and who are family? If we talk to someone who isn’t standing beside us, does that mean he isn’t there?
Is this an adventure story? An account of an existence heavily defined by being Jewish? A tale about relationships and our expectations of others? A commentary on the after-effects of war? A treatise on aging? A sweet story of caring for a child one has just met? Yes.
I can’t say what drew me to this book. Not the cover picture, although that has a charm all its own. Suffice it to say that the books I find hardest to explain are the ones I most enjoy.
If you like this book, you may also enjoy The Last Ferryman by Gregory Randle.