Books by Don Bartlett

MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"An entertaining portrait of the artist as a young lout."
The narrator of the six-volume memoir-novel confronts his late teens, in which he defies his father by behaving much like him. Read full book review >
ASHES IN MY MOUTH, SAND IN MY SHOES by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Arvid's is far from an unhappy childhood, but writing within a child's limited vision, Petterson uses what's unspoken to wrench the reader's heart."
Readers of Petterson's award-winning Out Stealing Horses (2007) will find this translation of the Norwegian author's first published book, scheduled to appear in conjunction with his latest novel, I Refuse, takes a gentler approach to childhood.Read full book review >
I REFUSE by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Without pyrotechnics, Petterson brings his characters and working-class Norway vividly, even passionately, to life; days after they finish the novel, readers may still have dreams of ice cracking."
Norwegian Petterson (It's Fine By Me, 2012, etc.) shows his considerable gift for exploring the darker crevices of boyhood in this elegiac story of two long-estranged friends whose lives have not turned out as they expected.Read full book review >
ANNA’S HEAVEN by Stian Hole
Kirkus Star
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Deeply affecting. (Picture book. 8-11, adult)"
Hole once again tackles the hard issues in children's literature, this time grief, with his now-signature blend of beautiful, thoughtful and quirky images (Garmann's Secret, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"Halfway through, this series is starting to look like an early-21st-century masterpiece."
The narrator of the third volume of Knausgaard's epic of the everyday recalls the frustrations and curious joys of boyhood. Read full book review >
COCKROACHES by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Perhaps the most original touch in this early, well-wrought adventure is the most depressing: Despite Bangkok's well-earned reputation for moral and official corruption, the most repulsive cockroaches Harry finds are consistently Norwegians."
Following the debut (The Bat, 2013) that took Harry Hole to Australia, this second case (originally published in 1998) takes Harry to Bangkok, filling the final gap in the Norwegian cop's 10 best-selling adventures to date (Police, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2014

"A simple and surprising effort to capture everyday life that rewards the time given to it."
A Norwegian novelist plumbs his interior life, particularly his troubled relationship with his late father, in this curiously affecting opening to a multipart epic. Read full book review >
BEFORE I BURN by Gaute Heivoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Closer in tone to François Traffaut's Shoot the Piano Player or a Tom Waits song/story than an airport mystery novel."
One of Norway's most famous writers investigates a strange series of fires not by examining the ashes, but by looking in the mirror. Read full book review >
POLICE by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel."
Having upped the ante with the previous novel in the Harry Hole series, the author goes for broke here. Read full book review >
THE BAT by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 2, 2013

"Harry is already every bit as volcanic as in his later cases. The big difference is Australia, which Nesbø, seeing it through the eyes of both a tourist and a cultural pathologist, makes you wonder how much different it is from Norway after all."
Inspector Harry Hole's 1997 debut finally follows its seven successors into English translation. Read full book review >
MY STRUGGLE by Karl Ove Knausgaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2013

"A patient exploration of courtship and fatherhood stripped clean of politesse."
Raising a family, making art and the difficulty of reconciling the two drives the remarkable second installment of this six-volume novel-as-memoir. Read full book review >
LETHAL INVESTMENTS by K.O. Dahl
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Proficient but slow-going, leaving readers worrying that the rain will never let up, until ennui runneth over."
The fourth dour appearance for Norwegian cops Gunnarstranda and Frølich. Read full book review >
IT'S FINE BY ME by Per Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Will Audun ever break free of his father's legacy? Petterson leaves that key question hanging and the reader unsatisfied."
Coming-of-age in 1960s Norway; the fifth novel from the Norwegian native, best known for Out Stealing Horses (2007). Read full book review >
GARMANN'S SECRET by Stian Hole
Kirkus Star
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Fans of Hole's mixed-media collages, rendered in a retro-infused, surreal style, will find this book his most beautiful yet. (Picture book. 6-9)"
After tackling the neighborhood bully (Garmann's Street, 2010) and the impending death of his elderly aunts (Garmann's Summer, 2008), Garmann returns in his third discovery of life's universal truths, this time exploring secrets—and first love. Read full book review >
THE LEOPARD by Jo Nesbø
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Good for a nightmare or three—a taut, fast-paced thriller with wrenching twists and turns."
Another spooky gothic by Norwegian gloomster Nesbø (The Snowman, 2011, etc.), the poet laureate of boreal psychopathy. Read full book review >
CHILD WONDER by Roy Jacobsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Jacobsen has a reputation. This work can only harm it."
From the respected Norwegian novelist (The New Water, 1997, etc.), an artless trifle about the impact of a small girl on a family in Oslo. Read full book review >
THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2011

"The smart, suspenseful cat-and-mouse game will remind some readers of Erik Skjoldbjærg's 1997 film Insomnia—and that's high praise indeed."
Erica Jong meets Stephen King meets, yes, Stieg Larsson in this superb thriller, the eighth by Norwegian mystery writer Nesbø. Read full book review >
GARMANN’S STREET by Stian Hole
Kirkus Star
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"American readers who look beyond the seemingly quirky illustrations will find a visually stunning tale of friendship. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In another unusual and sensitive intergenerational story, a follow-up to the Batchelder Honor book Garmann's Summer (2008), the anxious, introspective Norwegian boy now frets about Roy, a bully from the fourth grade. Read full book review >
NEMESIS by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist."
Oslo's favorite cowboy, Inspector Harry Hole, tackles the case of the serial bank robber with an itchy trigger finger. Read full book review >
GARMANN’S SUMMER by Stian Hole
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

"A mélange of vintage photographs, antique floral prints, patterned backgrounds and realia gives Garmann's discoveries a dreamlike quality, but the surreal effect, as well as the lengthy text, will appeal more to adults than young children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This translated picture book from Norway, the 2007 BolognaRagazzi Award winner, examines a young boy's anxieties. Read full book review >
THE REDBREAST by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Nesbø bids fair to turn Norway into serious competition for Sweden as Scandinavia's crime center."
A pair of assassination attempts bookend 50 years of postwar history in this bold, ambitious thriller. Read full book review >