My new book will be out in May. Some reviews from advance preview copies are already on Goodreads.
Here is a little post about the Korhonen family, how I see them and how a reviewer saw them. The words in italics are taken from one review that focused on the characters, the fotos and the other writing were added by me. Make up would have to adjust the actual age of the acting cast with those of my characters, but not by much.
“Christoph Fischer’s newest novel, Time to Let Go, is a tragic story, which ends not with a violent death, but with the slow and deteriorating journey of a loved one’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The once vibrant and intelligent Biddy is reduced to being treated like a young child by her husband Walter, who although well intentioned, rages at how powerless he is to control the ravages of her disease: “Dammit! Why can’t she remember?”
I liked those pictures. Judy Dench seems vulnerable behind her smile, and Donald Sutherland could easily erupt in anger or smile and hug his wife.
The story revolves around an emotionally dysfunctional family. Walter’s controlling and demanding attitude has alienated his three children and he finds himself alone to deal with his ailing wife.
The eldest son, Henrik, as rigid and judgemental as the father, focuses solely on boosting his successful career, and only contacts his elderly parents when his business allows curt phone calls and cameo appearances to put them in line.
I never meant for Henrik to be perceived as rigid as he was by some early readers. To my surprise one reviewer even actively disliked him. I saw him as a little grumpy but also as trying to be helpful in his own ways. His reception has given me a lot of food for thought and I cannot wait to hear what other readers think about him. I chose Ewan because of his nordic looks in this picture but also because I am a bit of a fan and think he could easily pull off a more complex and apparently dark character, such as Henrik.
I thought of casting Renee Zellwegger, but her association with Bridget Jones would lead to wrong assumptions. I see Hanna as less comical, although the single and accident prone aspects of Hanna can provoke such a comparison. This picture shows the potential of a more “tormented” soul. Her hair style fits perfectly into the twilight between ‘hippy’ and ‘glamour’, somewhere inbetween the grounded and the spiritual.
The youngest son has given up completely on his father’s and brother’s criticism by embracing an altruistic approach to life: he chooses to spend his time with people who need his help rather than wasting it on a family who refuses it.
Alexander Skarsgard is a seductively charming looking man but also a little bit of a msytery, unapproachable wtith the potential of a chameleon who could be anything and who easily slips through the net, so he fits the role perfectly in my eyes.