A Blessed Child

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Anchor Books, 2009 - Fiction - 307 pages
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A Blessed Child is a haunting parable of innocence lost from the internationally acclaimed author ofGrace and Stella Descending.

Every summer Isak Lövenstad gathers his three daughters by different wives to the windswept Baltic island of Hammarsö. Here Erika, Laura, and Molly find a sense of family and friendship, although nothing can match Erika's connection to the rebellious misfit Ragnar. But when an act of senseless cruelty separates them forever—and drives the sisters from the island in shame and regret—they must leave childhood and their growing relationships behind. Now, twenty-five years later, they return to visit their ailing father and confront the specter of that awful summer.

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User Review  - Mijk - LibraryThing

I had a different cover but it isn't shown (Picador, 2009, trans Sarah Death). The best of Ullman's books I have read. this one really did draw me in to the story, told from multiple perspectives in ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A novel about growing up, growing older and trying to find some accommodation with the past.Oslo, Norway, resident Ullmann (Grace, 2005, etc.) creates a remote and craggy setting and inhabits it with ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Linn Ullmann is a graduate of New York University, where she studied English literature and began work on a Ph.D. She returned to her native Oslo in 1990 to pursue a career in journalism. A prominent literary critic, she also writes a column for Norway's leading morning newspaper. She lives in Oslo.

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