Fiction
Novel

Ragnhild Eskeland

Keen
Keen

The dog days of summer have begun. The air is dense and pores open up. The radio reports record temperatures. We meet Rebekka, Beate and Live, three girls in an unremarkable small town. They go on a trip to a cabin, planning to make tacos and drink some beers. They meet some older boys and the heat is unrelenting.

Keen is a book about landscape and love, about blossoming and identity. Rebekka is working through the memory of her recently deceased father, but her grief and the life she is in the process of putting behind her go hand in hand with her impatience for what is to come.

Eskeland writes about young people with gripping animation and is able to give life to both the long summers of youth and the quick pulse that accompanies teenage intimacy, brewing sexuality and social intrigue.

Eskeland keen

‘The realistic depictions of the friendship between Rebekka, Live and Beate, stand for me as one of the novel’s really great strengths. The dialogue in particular, which in all its simplicity is masterfully written, shows the complexity and nuances of a theme far too seldom taken seriously in literature: friendship between teenage girls (…) Eskeland writes very well, with an elegance and precision that pleases me.’

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