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Mirror, Shoulder, Signal


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Dorthe Nors is the author of two novellas, So Much for That Winter; a story collection, Karate Chop, winner of the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize; and four novels. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Denmark.


"Opening [Mirror, Shoulder, Signal] feels like opening a window--there's a bracing freshness and chill to the writing, and the unforced ease of a song. . . . Nors can't help but handle words in interesting ways and put them to original uses. . . . If her subject is unwavering, her style remains restless, less out of a desire to be 'experimental' than out of playfulness and a genuine yearning, one feels, for contact and connection."--The New York Times

"In flowing and absorbing prose, Nors illustrates . . . how it might be possible for anyone to overcome immense loneliness and make a connection."--The New Yorker

"First rate. . . . Often hilarious. . . . Exceedingly smart. . . . [Dorthe Nors] possesses a rare gift."--NPR "Fresh Air"

"[Nors' writing is] agile and profound. . . . The novel's power builds as Sonja's inner world unfolds."--The Atlantic

"Dorthe Nors is one of the most original voices in current Danish writing."--CBC Radio, "Writers & Company"

"With this quietly moving story . . . Nors seems on the fast track to becoming a global writer."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"While the story contains overarching symbolism, metaphors, and analogies . . . Nors's hand remains light, and the effects are subtle and elegant."--Ploughshares

"Nors's exceptional writing and her insightful grasp on the human condition bolster the heartbreak of Sonya's isolated, solitary existence."--Shelf Awareness

"Nors has written a novel full of laughs and melancholy as readers observe Sonja trying to gain her freedom."--Signature Reads

"Nors is an exquisitely precise writer, and in rendering her heroine's small disruptions and, yes, victories, she is writing for, and of, every one of us."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Astute and contemplative. . . . Nors conjures a gently fraught reality in prose that evokes a life paused halfway between nostalgia for the past and hope for the future."--Publishers Weekly

"This bewitching Danish novel reveals its tragicomic depths gradually."--The Guardian (UK)

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