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Unquiet

(2019)
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Praised across Scandinavia as a "literary masterpiece", "spellbinding", and "magnificent", Unquiet reflects on six taped conversations the author had with her father at the very end of his life.

He is a renowned Swedish filmmaker and has a plan for everything. She is his daughter, the youngest of nine children. Every summer, since she was a little girl, she visits him at his beloved stony house surrounded by woods, poppies, and the Baltic Sea. Now that she's grown up and he's in his late 80s, he envisions a book about old age. He worries that he's losing his language, his memory, his mind. Growing old is hard work, he says. They will write it together. She will ask the questions. He will answer them.

When she finally comes to the island, bringing her tape recorder with her, old age has caught up with him in ways neither could have foreseen.

Unquiet follows the narrator as she unearths these taped conversations seven years later. Swept into memory, she reimagines the story of a father, a mother, and a girl - a child who can't wait to grow up and parents who would rather be children.

A heartbreaking and darkly funny depiction of the intricacies of family, Unquiet is an elegy of memory and loss, identity and art, growing up and growing old. Linn Ullmann nimbly blends memoir and fiction in her most inventive novel yet, weaving a luminous meditation on language, mourning, and the many narratives that make up a life.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Unquiet is a wonderfully absorbing and moving family story told with a directness, naturalness, and grace that can only result from Linn Ullmann’s close attention to the eloquent details of day-to-day life, her honest embrace of herself and the people close to her, and a keen sensitivity to language and the high demands of good writing." - Lydia Davis

"Ullmann moves deftly between narrative selves over time?from the little girl’s raw bewilderments to the adult’s reflective meditations. Unquiet is a beautiful book about the emotion and the art of memory." - Siri Hustvedt

"I’ve long admired Linn Ullmann’s fiction, and Unquiet is her masterpiece. Based on her upbringing as the child of two great artists, it is the portrait of complex loves; of a youth divided and inspired by diametrically opposed creative influences; and of the ravages of age. Calm yet fierce, exquisitely rendered, this novel imprints itself indelibly - as if you, too, had been there." - Claire Messud


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April 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Unquiet (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewer's Choice)
Author(s): Linn Ullmann
ISBN: 1-4328-6368-1 / 978-1-4328-6368-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Unquiet: A Novel
Author(s): Linn Ullmann
ISBN: 0-393-60994-4 / 978-0-393-60994-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

January 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: Unquiet: A Novel
Author(s): Linn Ullmann
ISBN: 0-393-35765-1 / 978-0-393-35765-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Audio Editions

April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Unquiet
Author(s): Linn Ullmann
ISBN: 1-978684-25-8 / 978-1-978684-25-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Unquiet: A Novel
Author(s): Linn Ullmann
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Unquiet: A Novel
Author(s): Linn Ullmann
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January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Unquiet: A Novel
Author(s): Linn Ullmann
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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