Children in Reindeer Woods by Kristin Omarsdottir

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....its tone is placid throughout, a smooth skin that stirs only slightly, for laughter’s sake or to tremble in anticipation of violence.
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Eleven-year-old Billie's orphanage surprisingly ends up in the middle of a war zone. When a small group of paratroopers kill everyone who lives there, Billie is forced to learn to live with the violent, innocent, and troubled Rafael, who decides to abandon the soldier's life and become a farmer.

 

About Kristin Omarsdottir

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Kristín Ómarsdóttir has published books of poetry, short stories, and novels. She received Griíman, the Icelandic playwright award, in 2005 for her play Tell Me Everything. Lytton Smith is a poet and translator, and a founding member of Blind Tiger Poetry. His book, The All-Purpose Magical Tent was published by Nightboat. His poems and reviews have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, The Believer, and Boston Review.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Open Letter. 198 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Helen Oyeyemi on Apr 13 2012

....its tone is placid throughout, a smooth skin that stirs only slightly, for laughter’s sake or to tremble in anticipation of violence.

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