David Hugsar has lost his memory so his psychiatrist places an advertisement in a newspaper inviting friends and relatives to share their memories of him. The resulting letters, reminiscences and scenes offer an encircling narrative that reveals more about the intersecting young lives - the secret ambitions and bid for popularity among young Norwegians in a backwater town - than about David himself, the enigma at the heart of the novel. Adolescent sexuality, boredom, filial guilt, violence and love; the frustrations of life in a small-town rock band; drugs and cigarettes, all find their place in these chronicles of Norwegian provincial life. Carl Frode Tiller's Encircling explores masculinity in crisis with the adroitness of a new Raymond Carver. Encircling is the first part of a trilogy: the first two volumes have been published in Norway to fulsome acclaim in 2008 and 2010. The third is due in 2014.