Original title: Meieriet
Publisher: Det Norske Samlaget, 2019
Is it possible to live as an artist and also be a parent?
Beate is an artist-in-residence in Iceland, living in a converted dairy/artist’s studio, when she meets Kjell. Before long, she discovers she is pregnant with his child. What adjustments will she be obliged to make to become a mother and what kind of mother can she manage to be?
Milk (Meieriet) is a low-key, sensitive story about a young woman’s struggle to resolve the conflict between a longing for intimacy and the need for solitude, about fears of both post-partum depression and the commercialisation of art. The novel’s sincere and vulnerable narrative voice finds expression for often unarticulated emotions, chronicling Beate’s pregnancy and the early days of motherhood.