This is a sprawling, sparkling serio-humorous novel centered on an American family’s year in beautiful Norway. On the threshold of that modest country’s transformation into a full-scale, oil-producing power, the Phillipses struggle for acceptance amid a storm of culture and climate clashes. Delights and dangers lie in wait, and Paul Phillips’ scientific mission embroils him unknowingly in intrigues stretching from local to international. As they leave their imprints on their adopted nation, the intrepid parents and children absorb many lessons, and not one of them passes the year unchanged. Painted across a background of a corner of Norwegian life a half-century ago, Odin Winked spins a tale certain to evoke a spectrum of emotions and convince a reader that the Norse gods are alive and busy.

Some passages of this book are rated R and not intended for children.