Astrid & Veronika
With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olsson’s stunningly well-crafted debut novel recounts the unusual and unexpected friendship that develops between two women. Veronika, a young writer from New Zealand, rents a house in a small Swedish village as she tries to come to terms with a recent tragedy while also finishing a novel. Her arrival is silently observed by Astrid, an older, reclusive neighbor who slowly becomes a presence in Veronika’s life, offering comfort in the form of companionship and lovingly prepared home-cooked meals. Set against a haunting Swedish landscape, Astrid & Veronika is a lyrical and meditative novel of love and loss, and a story that will remain with readers long after the characters’ secrets are revealed.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - iBeth - LibraryThing
I normally avoid books in which children suffer and die. I wish I had avoided this one (it was a selection for my book club). The friendship between the two women was very well done, and it was the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - krazykiwi - LibraryThing
As a kiwi living in Sweden, I read this with a lot of interest. I think I damaged it with my own overly high expectations, but it was a good read. Possibly even a 4, if I hadn't gone in expecting so ... Read full review