Sonja is ready to get on with her life. She’s over forty now, and the Swedish crime novels she translates are losing their fascination. She sees a masseuse, tries to reconnect with her sister, and is finally learning to drive. But under the overbearing gaze of her driving instructor, Sonja is unable to shift gears for herself. And her vertigo, which she has always carefully hidden, has begun to manifest at the worst possible moments. Sonja hoped her move to Copenhagen years ago would have left rural Jutland in the rearview mirror. Yet she keeps remembering the dramatic landscapes of her childhood—the endless sky, the whooper swans, the rye fields—and longs to go back. But how can she return to a place that she no longer recognizes? And how can she escape the alienating streets of Copenhagen?
In Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Dorthe Nors brings her distinctive blend of style, humor, and insight to a poignant journey of one woman in search of herself when there’s no one to ask for directions.
“Dorthe Nors is masterful at etching portraits of complicated, alienated women and with Mirror, Shoulder, Signal she has created a captivating view of a woman wrestling with her own stagnation. Nors’s heroine Sonja engages her world with both humor and overwhelming anxiety, a mix that hits entirely close to the bone.”—Karolina Waclawiak
Dorthe Nors is the author of So Much for That Winter and Karate Chop, winner of the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize, and four novels. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Denmark.
Arianna Rebolini is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, and currently working as editor at BuzzFeed Books. In addition to BuzzFeed, her writing has been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Esquire, Eater, Racked, Atlas Obscura, and elsewhere. Her first novel, Public Relations, co-authored with Katie Heaney, is out now.