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An exploration of motherhood today from a Norwegian author hailed as one of the finest of her generation.
The woman has given birth. Now she holds her second child in her arms, a tiny mystery. The world is new and full of surprises, even though dangers lurk behind every corner: a car out of control, disease ever present in the air, the unforgiving rush of time. As she speaks to the child, the story of her life emerges. A story of a body worn down by illness, of heartbreak, of a lover stolen and of happiness finally found.
In iridescent prose, Skomsvold paints a portrait of the artist as a mother, and reckons with the sharp compromises and quiet joys that make up a life.
"The Child pays close, intelligent attention to motherhood and art. It's written with memorable precision and love, and I was sorry to finish it" - Sarah Moss
"I loved this book, as raw and shimmering as the early nights of motherhood; through its poetic fragments and deep thought the wonder, fear and joy of intimacy shine" - Liz Berry