"The Color of Grief is a profoundly moving read. The book poses ruthless but important questions about a person’s right to her own life, to her grief, her memories and her future. I was utterly captivated by the taut and deeply poetic portrayal of a woman’s life, and I have seldom read such a consistently narrated text about an elderly person. Susanne Skogstad is without a doubt a fully-fledged author and The Color of Grief, as a literary experience, is immensely gratifying."
- Maria Såhte, Swedish Publisher (Wahlström & Widstrand)
"We were all mesmerized by The Color of Grief and immediately fell for the story. The young author possesses a language, a gravity and an ability to comprehend and convey that left us moved, affected and astonished."
- Anne Gaathaug, Publisher (Gloria Publishing)
”The Color of Grief is a deeply romantic, painfully sad and utterly accomplished novel. It is impressive how the author drills down into gushy sentimentality and nonetheless manages to create originality and precipitous emotional surges. The prose often crosses over into poetry; sentences, stacked on top of one another, introduce a slow gravity, a silence....... It is a painfully vivid portrait of loneliness and the great deprivations of aging. Whether the idealization of love is healthy or not, the novel paints romantic coupledom in colors I have rarely seen them in before.”
”Susanne Skogstad portrays all this in her linguistically sparse yet expressive novel. It is beautiful, occasionally poetic, and at the same time restrained. And above all, remarkably mature. Quite simply a strong and very promising debut.”
”Skogstad creates this sense of freedom through a lyrical prose, full of images, memories and repetitions. ... She doesn’t hide her sources of inspiration but quotes directly from Jon Fosse (and others)…”
”This debut author writes of a moving love story without making a big fuss about it. It’s so everyday! It’s so poetic! In such a simple way it shows how unique and limitless love can be.”
”The book is just bursting with literary talent. One can easily find influences from Jon Fosse, both where the choice of subjects and the style of writing are concerned.”
”It’s so painful, it hurts so much and it’s so great. Skogstad’s prose is controlled and poetic, she writes like she’s been writing like this all her life… ”
"I must simply let the tears speak for themselves in this book review – and that can’t be too bad, that a book produces a little tsunami of tears. […] In my opinion, this debut novel manages to penetrate life’s important themes. …I let myself get drawn into Skogstad’s universe. […] The writing is similar to Jon Fosse’s in its insistent repetition, but is nonetheless more down to earth. It is simple and full of recurrences. The writing above all depicts the inner life of this woman, a woman who refuses to abandon her memories, and refuses to let go of her loss. […] In Skogstad’s novel, the old woman stands at her inner gate, trying to evoke the image of the man who has vanished. It is an endless struggle to never let him out of her sight. She depended on him in life, and is dependent on him now that he is gone. If [review points] could be given based on the tears that fell during the reading of this book, it would receive more than three hundred and eighty-two. Or something like that. So what is one to do, as one sits there, reading through one’s tears? What kind of review will it be?"