Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? named Choice Translation for Reading Group in Library Journal
August 17, 2011
Mattias was raised by careful and conscientious parents who cultivated his fascination with astronauts, space, and moon expeditions. His hero is Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, whose fame was overshadowed by Neil Armstrong’s. Now 29, Mattias chooses an ordinary, predictable, and invisible life over the chance to embark on a musical career, desiring to devote his days to gardening and quality time with Helle, his live-in girlfriend of more than 12 years. But when Helle decides to break off their relationship and Mattias loses his job, he becomes “officially broken.” Desperately searching for escape, he finds support in a halfway house in the Faroe Islands. Lyrical and profoundly accomplished, Harstad’s novel portrays a young man coming into his own.