Nothing Grows by Moonlight

Nothing Grows by Moonlight


In the blue dusk of a spring evening, a man is drawn to a lonely, beautiful stranger across a station platform. She follows him home, and over one heady night of wine and cigarettes, recounts to him the devastating story of her life…

First published in 1947, Nothing Grows by Moonlight tells the haunting tale of one woman’s soul-shattering love affair. When an obsessive passion for her high school teacher consumes a small-town 17-year-old, her life spirals out of control, giving way to pregnancy, poverty and alienation. Here, darkness and light converge, and unrequited love blooms against the shadows of societal injustices, as she fights for autonomy: over her life, her mind and her body.

Captivating, visceral and brimming with emotion, Nothing Grows by Moonlight is a feminist classic of Scandinavian literature, and an uncompromising ode to female desire.

About the author

Torborg Nedreaas

Torborg Nedreaas (1906-1987) was born in Bergen, Norway, and was one of the most acclaimed writers of the post-war era. A committed communist, she was heavily involved in women’s advocacy, and her many award-winning novels, short stories, essays and radio plays propelled her radical ideas to a wide audience.
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