‘I’m going to buy a new jacket too’, I said. ‘A black Matinique. Have you seen it?’
‘The sleeves are long and they’re made of a different material from the rest. Sort of wavy. And it’s got a little flap down the middle covering the zip. What kind of jacket are you going to get?’
‘A coat, I was thinking.’
‘A coat? A light colour?’
‘Perhaps. Quite short.’
‘You’re the only boy who talks about clothes,’ Solveig said.
‘I know,’ I said. And it was something I had discovered recently. It was so difficult to talk to girls. Once you had taken their hats or shouted a few bad words after them that was where it usually ended. Well, you could talk to them about homework. But nothing else. Then I suddenly realised. Clothes, that was what they were interested in. All you had to do was chat away.
(Boyhood Island, 2010, translated 2014)