Monica Isakstuen

Be Kind to the Animals
Vær snill med dyrene

A small family of three is falling apart. They couldn’t make it. Karen couldn’t make it. While doing everything right – parting as friends, signing the papers, sharing custody, the way a modern woman is supposed to, everything inside her is rebelling. No, the child is mine. I’m its mother. There is nothing modern about me.
Be Kind to the Animals is a raw, warm, acute, but at the same time surprising novel about being in the ruins of a marriage with the one you care about the most – every other week.

Winner of the 2016 Norwegian National Book Award Brageprisen for Fiction.

Isakstuen vær snill med dyrene

‘An extraordinary reading experience’

Hamar Arbeiderblad

‘…. merciless, but also surprisingly funny, with an abundance of ideas.’


‘An incredibly beautiful and precise description of a life dilemma. The world needs to see this book.’

Sissel Gran, author, psychologist and marital therapist

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Frankfurt 2019