Love, or Something Like it

About love and what it does to us.
For the persons we meet in this short story collection, the desire to be close to others is both a beautiful and a destructive force.

Magni can’t forget the older lover she had as a young student. Erik recognizes his ex-girlfriend down the street and wonder if he should say hello or hide.
When Astrid’s cohabitant leaves for America to study, she finds comfort in a bear costume.

Sometimes people meet at the wrong time, other times
two people discover that they interpret love in different ways.

In Love, or something like it, Therese Tungen explores ancient themes such as reason and feelings, time and destiny. At the same time, the stories appear highly relevant in an era where the premise of courtesy and living together is changing.

How much of love is governed by our own choices, and how much is random or circumstance?

A new strong short story collection by critically acclaimed Therese Tungen. It will be published in Norway by Aschehoug September 27.

The short stories of Therese Tungen are long and slow, but hold on to a nerve throughout. The short stories have classic qualities, with specific situations that open to insight into interpersonal or existential conditions. … Tungen writes very steadily and self-confidently, with confidence in her own abilities and fearless to tradition. There is a finely tuned presence and a moving seriousness in Tungen’s short stories. They are close, but not clammy, and stylish without being slick. … Therese Tungen must have been influenced by Alice Munro.


The short story collection problematizes what is love, and portrays relationships and mindsets in an extremely good and exciting way. The language of Tungen flows nicely, and the stories are interesting, beautiful and sad at the same time. You get to know the characters and the action in an excellent way. If you want a good book for this autumn which contains a ton of different emotions and cunning details, then this collection is recommended


This book explores people’s relationships with each other through densely but low-key short stories, where the author lets the reader recognize her/his own life.

Vårt Land

They make impressions, these short stories, all of which are linguistic short cut and precise…Therese Tungen has again delivered a very good
short story collection that engages and touches.

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