The Quiet Girl by Peter Høeg
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Set in Denmark in the here and now, The Quiet Girl centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johan Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt. Wanted for tax evasion and on the verge of extradition, Krone is drafted into the service of a mysterious order of nuns who promise him reprieve from the international authorities in return for his help safeguarding a group of children with mystical abilities--abilities that Krone also shares. When one of the children goes missing, Krone sets off to find the young girl and bring her back, making a shocking series of discoveries along the way about her identity and the true intentions of his young wards. The result is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller blending social realism with the literary fantastic and pitting art and spirituality against corporate interests and nothing less than the will to war by the industrialized world. The Quiet Girl is a masterful, inventive novel that marks the triumphal return of one of the great writers of the international literary world.

About Peter Høeg

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Peter Høeg is an internationally renowned Danish author who entered the North American literary scene with Smilla's Sense of Snow. Since its publication, Høeg's new works, such as The Woman and the Ape - have appeared in English translations alongside older works such as Tales of the Night. Once a sailor, and currently an actor and dancer as well as a writer, Høeg lives in Copenhagen.
Published July 30, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 436 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Agreeing to safeguard a group of children who possess paranormal powers akin to his own, he’s whirled into a maelstrom of intrigue involving strategies to reverse the recent pattern of devastating floods caused by earthquakes, the disappearance (and likely kidnapping) of a strangely prescient pre...

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In hot pursuit of cold-blooded kidnappers, the Danish clown Kasper Krone — the hero of Peter Hoeg’s new novel — is shot in the stomach, has his head split open and breaks a wrist and several teeth.

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Entertainment Weekly

Like Peter Høeg's best-selling suspense novel Smilla's Sense of Snow, his philosophically minded and moderately bizarre thriller The Quiet Girl follows an amateur investigator uncovering something rotten in Denmark.

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Suite 101

Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

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USA Today

This super sense and remember, Krone lives in a surreal world means that when he meets people, he hears musical notes and senses emotions and characteristics: "tragedy in C-minor" or "A-major perfectionism."

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Bookmarks Magazine

James Urquhart St. Petersburg Times 4 of 5 Stars "Hoeg's new novel, The Quiet Girl, is every bit as adventuresome and aspiring as Smilla was, even more so.

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California Literary Review

Even though the book is way “out there,” there are passages of great beauty and insight and they make the book worth plowing through.

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