Witches' Rings by Kerstin Ekman
(Series B (Norvik Press))

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The first of a tetralogy by the well-known Swedish author of Blackwater. Set in a Swedish village about to enter the modern age, the story begins in the 1870s, as an excited and suspicious citizenry await the first train to arrive at their newly constructed station. We're introduced gradually to a town full of hardy and endearingly eccentric souls, who are instantly brought to life and involved in the story's several ongoing actions. We see Ekman's characters join, part, recombine, and change as years pass; trains begin to appear routinely, and the new century proves no more inclined than the old to free common people from their repetitive rounds (""witches' rings"") of toil and discouragement. ""Bleak, ribald, and unfailingly honest: a fine novel that honors, as it emulates, the tradition of village fiction created by such earlier Scandinavian masters as Selma Lagerlof and Knut Hamsun. It's wonderful stuff.""-Kirkus Reviews

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Kerstin Ekman is the author of seventeen novels that have been published in Scandinavia and Europe. "Blackwater"--her first novel published in English--received the Swedish Crime Academy's Award for best crime novel, the August Prize, and the Nordic Counci's Literary Prize. She lives in Valsjobyn, a small village in northern Sweden.
Published November 15, 1997 by Norvik Pr. 358 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The focal point is Tora Lans, granddaughter of the aforementioned Sara Sabina, who grows up, motherless, into a weary, unillusioned woman whose intimate acquaintance with the rituals of work, childbirth, marriage, and death develops her grimly comic perspective on the world and on herself (``.

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Finally translated into English more than 20 years after it was published in Sweden, full of the flavor of village life, this Swedish Winesburg, Ohio offers the scope of human nature in microcosm and descriptions that engage all the senses--such as that of the paper boy, Ebon, who, in a moment of...

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