Friday, October 15, 2010


Intervention. It’s likely that Karin Fossum’s novel, Broken, is the oddest book I’ve read in a long time. In some chapters, we read the development of a story, and in others, we have the author interacting with the protagonist. It’s almost as if we are watching the writing process, but I don’t think that’s what’s going on. Both parts are of one story, and Fossum plays with us as she presents the ways in which protagonist Alvar Eide intervenes in the lives of others. Alvar is a middle-aged single man living an orderly live until he offers a stranger a cup of coffee. That little acorn grows into a complicated oak tree, full of twisting branches, limbs and leaves. Fossum’s writing is interesting and unique, which will be appealing to some readers, and off-putting to others. If you’re looking to read something unusual, give this a try. Otherwise, choose something a bit more conventional.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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