David loses his memory and people are asked to write him letters to tell him about his life. In this book three people write letters to David and we learn not only about David, but also about their lives, their fears and anxieties. Jon is a musician who leaves his band and goes home to see his...
David: David loses his memory and is the focus of the letters written by the other characters. He emerges as a different kind of person through the different letters, because he was viewed in certain ways by the three different people.
Jon: He was David's best friend in school and part of his band. He is an amateur musician in his thirties and never seems to stick to one band. He seems to be the outcast in his family and constantly looked down on by his mother and brother, he doesn't seem to fit in. He isn't completely honest with himself, but is shockingly honest with David.
Silje: Silje was the new girl and became friends with Jon and David and soon also David's girlfriend. She was a free spirit when she was young, but has turned into a neurotic housewife.
Arvid: He is David's stepfather and was married to David's mother. He is a priest and to Jon and Silje, through David, he seems like a stern man incapable of humour. He is however capable of great love. He has cancer and is dying.
“Opening up and accepting new knowledge was like accepting defeat to her, it seemed. Everything she didn't know she saw as a threat and a reminder that she wasn't good enough, and not as a source to a richer life.”
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