Blog Tour: A Modern Family by Helga Flatland

June 8, 2019 Book review 0 ★★★★

I’m excited to join today’s blog tour with a book that floored me with originality, thought-provoking ideas, and an intriguing family to navigate the roadmap of life with.  That book is A Modern Family by Helga Flatland.

Thanks to Orenda Books for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Blog Tour: A Modern Family by  Helga FlatlandA Modern Family by Helga Flatland
Published by Orenda Books on June 13, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life
Pages: 276
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
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When Liv, Ellen, and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s 70th 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.

ARC REVIEW Refreshing Well Written

My thoughts on A Modern Family

What initially drew me to this book was that I love Nordic Noir, so the idea of exploring modern family life via an Norwegian author really appealed to me.  The dark, moody, and morally complex feel of Nordic Noir shoved its head up a few times in this book.  Mostly when I least expected it, and I loved the unsettled thoughts that the characters pondered over.  But it also spilled over with humour, and emotion as well as the darker elements.  It felt like life, where your mood jumps around from hour to hour.

When the parents of Liv, Ellen, and Håkon decide to divorce, even though they are all adults and living lives completely independent of their parents, this shatters through their lives.  They have grown up hearing how important it was to see things through and now their parents are pulling back on that, and it pulls the rug out from under their belief systems.

They are re-examining their lives, and as the hierarchy of positions in their family changes, they all have to change along with that.  Their current relationships are also thrown into turmoil, while they deal with the fallout.  All three characters are so well developed and nuanced that I loved spending time with them.  Actually I’d love to sit down and have an open, honest discussion with them and hear firsthand their intriguing theories on life and love and family.  And thinking about it, that’s what this book felt like.  

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This novel has convinced me that if Helga Flatland is representative of Norwegian authors, then I need to jam pack my bookshelves with their books.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read A Modern Family by Helga Flatland?

I’d strong recommend this book if you love nuanced characters, deep dive explorations into family life and provocative thoughts to ponder over.  Fans of authors such as Celeste Ng, Louise Beech and Anne Tyler may also enjoy.

About Helga Flatland

Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely readauthors. 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.


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