The Storm by Margriet de Moor
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On the night of January 31, 1953, a mountain of water, literally piled up out of the sea by a freak winter hurricane, swept down onto the Netherlands, demolishing the dikes protecting the country and wiping a quarter of its landmass from the map. It was the worst natural disaster to strike the Netherlands in three hundred years.

The morning of the storm, Armanda asks her sister, Lidy, to take her place on a visit to her godchild in the town of Zierikzee. In turn, Armanda will care for Lidy's two-year-old daughter and accompany Lidy’s husband to a party. The sisters, both of them young and beautiful, look so alike that no one may even notice. But what Armanda can’t know is that her little comedy is a provocation to fate: Lidy is headed for the center of the deadly storm.

Margriet de Moor interweaves the stories of these two sisters, deftly alternating between the cataclysm and the long years of its grief-strewn aftermath. While Lidy struggles to survive, surrounded by people she barely knows, Armanda must master the future, trying to live out the life of her missing sister as if it were her own.

A brilliant meshing of history and imagination, The Storm is a powerfully dramatic and psychologically gripping novel from one of Europe’s most compelling writers.

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About Margriet de Moor

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Margriet de Moor is the author of six novels, all of which have been international bestsellers. She is the recipient of the Gouden Ezelsoor and the AKO Literature Prize.
Published February 23, 2010 by Knopf. 273 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And de Moor brings this harrowing story to a stunning climax, as Armanda, an old woman kept alive by little more than her memories, in effect dreams a long conversation with the beloved sister whose life she has inadvertently appropriated and whose sufferings she has grown and learned to share.

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A brief game of trading places ends one life and irrevocably alters others in this Dutch novel.

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The Storm: A Novel follows Lidy as her ferry encounters such rough seas that it will in fact be the last transport for several days from Numansdorp to Zijpe.

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