August 4, 2011
From page 52 in the new issue of Shelf Unbound, available to read online:
Quick — before our cumulative Stieg Larsson-inspired infatuation with Scandinavian writers becomes wearisome — discover the voice of Johan Harstad, a Norwegian short story writer, novelist, and playwright whose debut novel, Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?, has made the best-seller list in 11 countries. In Harstad’s hands, we fall in love with the Norwegian gardener Mattias and the character’s pop-culture-infused worldview, obsessive admiration of Buzz Aldrin, pitiable breakdown, and beyond quirky road to redemption and recovery. This novel deserves every bit of buzz it gets.