Where to Buy Your Copy of Searching for Nora

Searching for Nora is available for purchase online and in local bookstores, as a trade paperback or an ebook.

You can find the printed book online at any of these web sites (click one of the links below to go to the sellers’ Searching for Nora pages):


Barnes & Noble


We encourage you to support your local bookstore; if it does not stock the novel, your bookstore can order Searching for Nora through its distribution channel (the book’s ISBN number is 9781733107501). List price is $16.99.

You can also order the trade paperback online directly from our distributor,  Itasca Books, in Minneapolis, MN. (Its sister company, Bookmobile, is our printer.)  Shipping by media mail costs about $4.50. No sales tax is charged on books shipped outside Minnesota.

Where to Buy the Ebook

The ebook edition of Searching for Nora (ISBN 9781733107518, list price $9.99) is available for purchase from these online sellers:

Amazon (Kindle)

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble (Nook)


Libraries interested in offering the ebook version should contact Overdrive, Bibliotheca, or EBSCO.

If you have any difficulty finding a copy of Searching for Nora or have other suggestions for our sales network, please let our publisher know by emailing  peavinemountainpress@gmail.com .

“I left late one frigid night. Torvald, too stunned to stop me, stood gaping in the parlor as I clattered down the apartment stairs and slammed the big front door. I wanted to shake the gossips from their beds, to send them to the window to glimpse the unthinkable: Nora Helmer, walking away in her traveling coat, with a satchel!
“I did it to leave Torvald in a stew of scandalous talk because it was what he feared most, more than he feared losing me.”
~ From Searching for Nora: After the Doll’s House

Reviewers Praise Searching for Nora

“So much more than a sequel, Searching for Nora is a masterful tale that spans generations, continents, and the intertwined lives of two remarkable women. Lyrically told and meticulously researched, this unforgettable saga transports you from the fjords of Norway to the wide open plains of the American west. I couldn’t put it down.”

Joanne Lipman, author of That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, No. 1 bestseller at The Washington Post

“Few narratives in Western literature have inspired more “what happened next?” speculations than Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, with its famous “door slam heard ’round the world.” Nora’s risky (and theatrically unprecedented) act of self-emancipation challenged paradigms of both dramatic and social structure, leaving us to wonder, with a deliberate absence of guidance or foreshadowing, about the next “act” in the play of her life. Wendy Swallow has done the hard work of imagining in four dimensions – across time and space, from Norway to America, and into the first quarter of the 20th century – how the echoes of that door slam might reverberate in the lives of several families, and in the intellectual and social currents of two continents. Her book is steeped in the Ibsen tradition of meticulous observation, careful design, and rich implication. Part family drama, part evocation of early feminism (both also notable Ibsen specialties), the work takes us on a satisfying and altogether believable journey of discovery as Nora’s story comes full circle across the generations.”

Rick Davis, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Professor of Theater at George Mason University, co-founder of the American Ibsen Theater in Pittsburgh, and co-translator (with Brian Johnston) of five Ibsen plays

“For those who wondered what happened to Ibsen’s Nora Helmer after she slams the door on her marriage, comes this compelling and engaging novel. A fascinating social history of turn-of-the-century women in Norway and the American Midwest. Beautifully written, with characters that resonate long after you turn the last page.”

Beth Brophy, author of My Ex-Best Friend and Reunion

“Exquisitely crafted and brilliantly delivered. Wendy Swallow has brought us a passionate and cautionary tell that speaks to the life choices we all make – and how those decisions ripple through the generations, affecting us and those closest to us, in ways we never could have imagined. Searching for Nora forces two important questions – are the lives we’re living in alignment with our core values, and if not, what are we willing to do about it?”

Steve Piacente, author of Bella, Bootlicker, Pretender, and Your New Fighting Stance: Good Enough Isn’t… and You Know It

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