Metres per Second
Original title: Meter per sekund
Publisher: Gutkind, Danmark, 2020
Pages: 268 pages
A young couple adjust to their new life together with their infant son at a Folk High School in West Jutland, stepping into a world of tree-hugging faculty, obligatory sing-togethers and idealist desires to bond with the local community. He’s the new teacher, she’s his hanger-on.
In theory, she’d like to be a part of it all, yet somehow finds herself penning scathing ditties about the place in the company of one of the other hangers-on. For all her ambitions of becoming integrated into the local community she just can’t get the knack of it, stumped by the codes of rural conversation, the brevity of its sentences, the endless silences.
Life at the school, the anguish of anti-conversation, the torments of parenting and a perpetual loop of driving lessons all feed into the perceptively playful and often highly acerbic responses she pens for the local paper’s agony column, a job on the side that in certain circles soon garners her a cult following.
Metres per Seond is a tale of venturing into new and uncharted land, of human relationships, dilemmas, and the ways and byways of social intercourse.