April Book Discussion, on St Charles Ave. : 1996 "TO SIBERIA" by Per Petterson

Join us at our new location on St. Charles Ave. for a discussion of the 1996 Norwegian novel "TO SIBERIA" by Per Petterson, author of "Out Stealing Horses", which we discussed last year.


230 pages. A penny before shipping used on amazon; $10 on Kindle.


For more info, call/text/email Guy Henoumont at[masked] or at [masked].

Also invited: the New Orleans Book Club meetup group.


This 1996 novel predates Pettersen's acclaimed Out Stealing Horses(first published in 2003), and has all of Pettersen's haunted charms. As an unnamed young girl and her big brother, Jesper (who calls her Sistermine), grow up in rural WWII-era Denmark, the two cope with distant parents, an eccentric extended family and the cold wind. Jesper longs to go south to Morocco; Sistermine yearns for the plains of Siberia, foreshadowing lives that will diverge. Their grandfather's suicide, the arrival of puberty and most tragically, the German invasion change their idyllic childhood relationship; as each sibling fights back against the occupation in his or her own way, their inevitable separation looms. The second half of the novel, in which Sistermine struggles to make sense of her life in various Scandinavian cities and towns, awaiting a hoped-for reunion with Jesper, is less breathtaking and mesmerizing than the first, but the contrast makes her numb loneliness and inability to connect all the more poignant. The book builds up slowly, casting a spell of beauty and devastation that matches the bleak but dazzling climate that enshrouds Sistermine's young life. Publishers Weekly


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  • Cheri M.

    Under the weather

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guess I confused this book meeting with the Anna Karenina one, so I didn't get the message. Hope to participate next time.

    April 19, 2013

  • Lindsey

    I'd love to be there but I work Saturdays.

    March 28, 2013

  • Guy H.

    + Sal, Jeanne, Patricia

    March 23, 2013

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