House and Home
Original title: Hus og hjem
Publisher: Samleren, Denmark , 1999
House and Home is Helle Helle’s first published novel about a group of young people who in their otherwise open and unrestrained time together have difficulty truly relating to each other. Anne returns to her childhood town after many years in Copenhagen. With her boyfriend, Anders, she has bought a house but he will join her later. While waiting, she plans to paint and decorate but she isn’t really getting anywhere.
Her two old schoolfriends then greet her gladly. Other people in town, however, have difficulty remembering her and her deceased parents. Her neighbor, Jens, a young unmarried pastor, attracts her attention in a way that does not fit into her plans for the future.
Norwegian: Forlaget Oktober