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The faster I walk, the smaller I am

Author: Kjersti A Skomsvold; Kerri A Pierce
Publisher: Champaign, Ill. : Dalkey Archive Press, 2013.
Series: Norwegian literature series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. After a lifetime, her only real accomplishment is her longevity: everyone she reads about in the obituaries has died younger than she is now. Afraid that her life will be over before anyone knows that she lived, Mathea digs out her old wedding dress, bakes some sweet cakes, and heads out into the world- to make her mark. She buries a time capsule out  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kjersti A Skomsvold; Kerri A Pierce
ISBN: 9781564788887 1564788881
OCLC Number: 843330164
Language Note: Translated from the Norwegian.
Notes: Translation copyright: 2011.
"Originally published in Norwegian as Jo Fortere Jeg Går, Jo Mindre Er Jeg by Forlaget Oktober A/S, 2009."
Awards: Winner of the Tarjei Vesaas First Book prize in 2009.
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick
Description: 147 pages ; 18 cm.
Series Title: Norwegian literature series.
Other Titles: Jo fortere jeg går, jo mindre er jeg.
Responsibility: Kjersti A. Skomsvold ; translated by Kerri A. Pierce.

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Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. After a lifetime, her only real accomplishment is her longevity: everyone she reads about in the obituaries has died younger than she is now. Afraid that her life will be over before anyone knows that she lived, Mathea digs out her old wedding dress, bakes some sweet cakes, and heads out into the world- to make her mark. She buries a time capsule out in the yard. (It gets dug up to make room for a flagpole.) She wears her late husband's watch and hopes people will ask her for the time. (They never do.) Is it really possible for a woman to disappear so completely that the world won't notice her passing? The faster I walk, the smaller I am is an ironic twist on the nothing that life "must be lived to the fullest."

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