A Blessed Child

Front Cover
Pan Macmillan UK, Aug 26, 2008 - Fiction - 400 pages
1 Review

A Blessed Child is Linn Ullmann's strikingly original fourth novel, shot through with deep empathy and black humour. It is an unforgettable portrait of three Scandinavian half-sisters, Erika, Laura and Molly, and their father Isak Lövenstad, a prominent and temperamental ultrasound specialist.

A dramatic and terrible incident unfolds one evening in 1979 on the island of Hammarsö - a modern Nordic Prospero's island - where Isak and his young daughters spend their summers. It is the hottest summer since 1874, a summer of volatile and unexpected alliances - of love, theatre, betrayal and sudden tragedy.

A Blessed Child is a provocative novel with strong undercurrents of raw sensuality and violence.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

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

Other editions - View all

About the author (2008)

Linn Ullmann is a graduate of New York University, where she studied English literature. She returned to her native Oslo in 1990, where she now lives with her husband and children and works as a journalist and literary critic.

Bibliographic information