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The author of the book: Linda Olsson
Date of issue: January 5th 2012
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Many thanks to Jenny for telling me about this lovely novel by Swedish born novelist,
Veronica, is a young writer who came to New Zealand - rented a small house in a small village in Sweden. She was hoping to reconcile a recent tragedy while finishing her latest novel.
She had dreams of the beach and sea every night - but most mornings only a fragment remained.....yet the feelings lingered all day. It struck her that her own memories seemed more clear in this new unrelated environment.
Veronica would sit at her computer for hours each day - in touch with the past which she thought was going to be easy to write - but that wasn’t so. The book she set out to write became increasingly elusive.
In the meantime Veronica becomes friends with her neighbor- Astrid - who was in her 80’s. Astrid, a reclusive woman, who has lived in this village her entire life, was living with a painful secret from her past.
A beautiful friendship develops over meals - wine - music - walks - strawberry’s & mushroom picking in autumn - and talks....sharing sensitive stories with one another.....comforting each other’s quiet suffering.
Early in their friendship- Veronica gave Astrid one of her previous novels. She says:
“It feels like such a long time ago since I wrote it. Perhaps it is a little like having a child. You are there to protect it and look after it, you suffer with it and rejoice with it.
But in the end you have to let it live it’s own life. Step back and let it free. And hope that it will fare well”.
Astrid responded by saying, “yes, we must let go of even the most precious things”.
I had remembered those quotes - for their own merits - ( even thinking of a few authors I’ve interacted with who could take a lesson)....lol...
but as I read the rest of this book - those quotes took on a more specific powerful
Veronica and Astrid have a beautiful companionship. Their age difference adds a rich quality. The village where they live - with the seasons changing gives us a quiet reflective novel.
The writing creates an melancholic aura which becomes peaceful reading....the seasons are great supporting characters in their own rite.
....from candles glowing on the snow in winter, duckings in the summer, darkness in the houses at night, sipping teas, the rivers, birch, cherry and apple trees,
flowerbeds along the fence, daffodils among the weeds, the warmth of the kitchen, smells from cooking - etc.
A small novel - 246 pages.... A sensitive powerful woman’s friendship...beautifully written!!!
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Read information about the authorLinda Olsson lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Her debut 'Let me sing you gentle songs' was published in September 2005 in New Zealand. Since then the rights for it have been sold to many countries. It has now been published in the US and Canada under the title 'Astrid and Veronika' as well as in her country of birth, Sweden (Låt mig sjunga dig milda sånger).
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