Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson

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With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olsson’s stunningly well-crafted debut novel recounts the unusual and unexpected friendship that develops between two women. Veronika, a young writer from New Zealand, rents a house in a small Swedish village as she tries to come to terms with a recent tragedy while also finishing a novel. Her arrival is silently observed by Astrid, an older, reclusive neighbor who slowly becomes a presence in Veronika’s life, offering comfort in the form of companionship and lovingly prepared home-cooked meals. Set against a haunting Swedish landscape, Astrid & Veronika is a lyrical and meditative novel of love and loss, and a story that will remain with readers long after the characters’ secrets are revealed.

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Linda Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She has lived in Kenya, Singapore, Britain, and Japan.
Published February 6, 2007 by Penguin Books. 259 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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By and large, those things are men: Astrid was cruelly rejected by her grandfather as a child, her true love died when she was a teen, and she spent years in a loveless marriage to a domineering man;

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Sweden in winter is seen in “a muted twilight where people walked in ankle-deep snow, lifting their feet like wading birds.” In contrast, summer nights in London are “warm, like velvety tepid water.” Hugged goodbye by an old woman who briefly takes care of her in her childhood, Astrid notices tha...

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