Join Norway House staff member, Max Stevenson, as he leads the book discussion of “Before I Burn” by Gaute Heivoll.
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In 1970s Norway, an arsonist targets a small town for one long, terrifying month. One by one, buildings go up in flames. Suspicion spreads among the neighbors as they wonder if one of their own is responsible. But as the heat and panic rise, new life finds a way to emerge.
Born into this time of chaos, Gaute Heivoll is indelibly linked to the arsonist intent on such destruction. By juxtaposing the pyromaniac's story with his own, Heivoll explores memory, loss, and the agonizing separation of child from parent that is a rite of passage for us all.
Gaute Heivoll studied creative writing at Telemark College, law at the University of Oslo, and psychology at the University of Bergen. He has conducted courses in creative writing in Norway and France and has worked as a literary critic for Norwegian newspapers. He made his literary debut in 2002 with the short-story collection Liten dansende gutt [Small Dancing Boy] and since then has written poetry, children’s books, short stoies, and novels.
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