The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland (Paperback)
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The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland (Paperback)

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Published: 26/04/2018
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A MOVING AND COMPELLING EMOTIONAL MYSTERY, BY ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING NEW TALENTS IN NORWAY, PERFECT FOR FANS OF ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, RACHEL CUSK AND IAN MCEWAN

'Insightful... unsentimental... and so believable' -- Dagbladet

An American woman wakes up in a tent in the Norwegian mountains. Outside a storm rages and the fog is dense. Her phone is dead. She is completely alone. Her name is Jane Ashland, and her life has spiralled out of control.

Moving between Jane's past and this extraordinary remote landscape, Nicolai Houm weaves a dramatic trail of suspense through one woman's life - via love, grief, and a devastating accident that changes everything. The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland is a compelling, beautifully-written tale of life at its most glorious, and most terrible.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782273776
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Powerful, symmetrical and well-controlled - Irish Times

A knockout blow at the end... this unpredictable narrative - both quirky and bleak - dishes up a dark chronicle of grief that gets under your skin - Daily Mail

A beautifully observed account of one woman's alienation, deep hurt and slow road to recovery... we are still haunted by this fine novel long after finishing it - The National

Meditative... witty... compelling... with a dark, mysterious undercurrent... a hugely enjoyable read - Nudge Books

Cleverly-structured... inspiring... Despite it being fiction, it incites you to think about the deep and contemporary societal issue of self-image and confidence - CUB Magazine

A character-based page turner... When you reach the end... you feel like you've come to understand something crucial and profound - Pendora Magazine

Reading The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland is like taking incremental doses of a drug without realising it's addictive... we simply need to keep reading this stunning novel to its end... a virtuoso performance in ensnaring the reader - Thriller Books Journal

This gripping, psychological thriller weaves a dramatic tale of suspense in elegant prose - The Lady

A mature mix of severely bleak and heartwarmingly bright makes for a fine short novel - The Bookbag

Houm's writing packs a punch with very succinct writing... a haunting snapshot of the vulnerability we all have in the face of unexpected tragedy, and a welcome addition to Norwegian translated fiction on a topic that is surely universal - Culturefly

Relentless grief is not the most alluring topic but in Nicolai Houm's hands Jane Ashland, and her gradual disappearance, become a darkly hilarious, deeply compelling, and utterly suspenseful story. I couldn't wait to find out what Jane would say or do next, how far she would go. A brilliant and fascinating novel - Margot Livesey, author of 'Mercury'

The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland sounds the great echoing spaces of profound grief, grief that threatens to rob life of sense or direction. Nicolai Houm reminds us of what we don't want to know: that rehearsing disaster may not prevent it from happening. His prose is mordant, his heart compassionate, and he keeps his readers as tantalizingly off-kilter as his titular seeking soul - Pamela Erens, author of 'Eleven Hours'

Compelling, tense and well-crafted. Like brushing away snow, Nicolai Houm slowly reveals the details of Jane's life; the narrative jumps around in time so that readers don't know the full story until the very end - Shelf Awareness (starred review)

A virtuosic magic act... [Houm] deepens a tale of grief with a caustic comic tone... riveting - The Atlantic

The evocation of grief is vivid and piercing... Haunting and deeply moving... A powerful and enthralling read - Never Imitate (blog)

Short it may be, but there are enough ideas and literary gems included that no matter how short and how easy it is to read, you come away feeling like you've just finished an incredibly impressive tome - The Wormhole (blog)

This was a beautifully short, sweet and melancholy novel... I loved it... Really wonderful. A beautiful looking book too - Liz Loves Books (blog)

Houm's novel is expertly constructed... Beautifully translated by Anna Paterson, Houm's writing is often striking... The characterisation is sharp and perceptive - A Life in Books (blog)

Houm's writing in Paterson's translation is nuanced and perceptive - Annabookbel (blog)

Jane is a sympathetic character right from the start - Annethology (blog)

Nicolai Houm combines both surgically precise observations with the pace and attention to detail as the best TV series. The similarities with Don De Lillo and Jonathan Franzen cannot be denied - Dagens Næringsliv

Very well told . . . Houm skilfully crafts a rising curve of excitement, not unlike that of a thriller. Although the content is at times sad, the author has luckily not lost his funny satirical wit. The book is full of astute and humorous observations - Adresseavisen

Asking the big question without indulging in grandiosity . . . He has a talent for crafting small visual scenes that are very filmic. I can really see this as a film - NRK

There are insightful observations, unsentimental depictions of nature, and such believable details that bring the settings and characters to life. Jane Ashland's journey away from evil is deftly portrayed. Houm shows us that after surviving such an ordeal, she must break down in order to rise again - Dagbladet

An elegantly composed, well-written and psychologically credible crisis novel - Stavanger Aftenblad

A compulsive read... This has the potential (and, I suspect, the cover) to be a bestseller - 1st Reading (blog)

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“Touches your heart....”

I love this beautifully written novel about grief, love, loss and family. We follow Jane' life ; her childhood, adulthood, her marriage and having child and losing all.

It is one of the most philosophical and... More

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“Powerful and Compelling ”

The story starts with a woman (Jane Ashland) waking up in a tent in the Norwegian mountains. Outside a storm is battering the bleak landscape and Jane believes she is about to die. The Gradual Disappearance of Jane... More

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“A journey of grief set in the Norwegian mountains”

They say beautiful things come in small packages and this is one of them. The cover and the setting of the story are very nicely drawn – an ethereal green cover, the setting of the Norwegian mountains, remote and... More

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