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Present Tense Machine — Book Talk with Gunnhild Øyehaug & Jennifer Offill
Join us for a virtual book talk on Present Tense Machine with award-winning Norwegian author Gunnhild Øyehaug! With author Jennifer Offill as moderator,Øyehaug will discuss the exquisite, wistful, and slyly profound new novel, out January 11 in translation by Karl Dickson from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

On an ordinary day in Bergen, Norway, in the late 1990s, Anna is reading in the garden while her two-year-old daughter, Laura, plays on her tricycle. Then, in one startling moment, Anna misreads a word, an alternate universe opens up, and Laura disappears. Twenty years or so later, life has gone on as if nothing happened, but in each of the women’s lives, something is not quite right. Both Anna and Laura continue to exist, but they are invisible to each other and forgotten in each other’s worlds. Both are writers and amateur pianists. They are married; Anna had two more children after Laura disappeared, and Laura is expecting a child of her own. They worry about their families, their jobs, the climate—and whether this reality is all there is.

Øyehaug delivers another dazzling renovation of what fiction can do: a testament to the fact that language shapes the world.

Please share audience questions in the chat or email to info@amscan.org. Select questions will be chosen for a Q&A following the conversation.​

Jan 11, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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