Book Review: Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes: Stories

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Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes: Stories by Per Petterson
~post by Ben

I came to Per Petterson’s Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes not long after having read Nguyen Nhat Anh’s Ticket to Childhood (which I recommend strongly). Both approach childhood and, due to the temporal proximity with which I read them, have become intertwined in my head so please forgive the comparisons. Where Ticket to Childhood takes on a personal and humorous approach, Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes chooses distance and gravity. They reflect two sides of the same coin, fittingly as I’d probably need to flip said coin to pick a preference.

Per Petterson is well-known to us as the best-selling author of Out Stealing Horses, which also won the Internation IMPAC Dublin Literary award, has been translated into forty-nine languages, and was named Best Book of 2007…

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