Cover image for Rock, paper, scissors
Title:
Rock, paper, scissors
Author:
Aidt, Naja Marie, 1963- author.
Uniform Title:
Sten saks papir. English
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Rochester, NY : Open Letter, 2015.

©2015
Physical Description:
345 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Naja Marie Aidt's long-awaited first novel is a breathtaking page-turner and complex portrait of a man whose life slowly devolves into one of violence and jealousy. Rock, Paper, Scissors opens shortly after the death of Thomas and Jenny's criminal father. While trying to fix a toaster that he left behind, Thomas discovers a secret, setting into motion a series of events leading to the dissolution of his life, and plunging him into a dark, shadowy underworld of violence and betrayal. A gripping story written with a poet's sensibility and attention to language, Rock, Paper, Scissors showcases all of Aidt's gifts and will greatly expand the readership for one of Denmark's most decorated and beloved writers"--
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781940953168
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
FICTION Adult Fiction Central Library
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Rock, Paper, Scissors opens shortly after the death of Thomas and Jenny's criminal father. While trying to fix a toaster that he left behind, Thomas discovers a secret, setting into motion a series of events leading to the dissolution of his life and plunging him into a dark, shadowy underworld of violence and betrayal. A gripping story written with a poet's sensibility and attention to language, Rock, Paper, Scissors will greatly expand the readership for one of Denmark's most decorated and beloved writers.


Author Notes

Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and five short story collections, including Baboon (Two Lines Press), which received the Nordic Council's Literature Prize and the Danish Critics Prize for Literature. Rock, Paper, Scissors is her first novel.

K.E. Semmel is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in Ontario Review , the Washington Post , Aufgabe , The Brooklyn Review , The Bitter Oleander , and elsewhere. His translations include books by Karin Fossum, Erik Valeur, and Simon Fruelund.


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

After his estranged father's death, Thomas must cope with the lingering secrets and mysterious circumstances surrounding his imprisonment and passing. In this fascinating and erudite exploration of family life, Aidt (Baboon) manages to capture a slice of life, told mostly from diligent-but-dreaming Thomas's point of view. In the days after his former-mobster father turns up dead, Thomas discovers something strange inside his father's toaster. While Thomas is busy running his stationery shop with his partner, Maloney, his family debates the state of contemporary literature at dinner parties, memorizes poetry, and generally meditates on the melancholy nature of the human condition. During a lengthy, reflective excursion to his aunt's house, Thomas concocts a scheme to help out his wayward niece and expand his business at the same time. And what Thomas discovers inside the toaster turns out to be less important than the potential he finds within himself for repeating his father's legacy. Laced with sex, marital problems, family drama, and money woes, Aidt's supremely cultivated novel is concerned with the struggle to connect with those we truly love and the consequences of remaining distant. Aidt writes with verve, passion, and a sharp edge, animating a smart set of characters who must fight for truth and happiness. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.