The Sixteen Trees of the Somme
By Norway's bestselling novelist and the author of NORWEGIAN WOOD, a family story of epic scale.
Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The death of his parents, when he was three years old, has always been shrouded in mystery - he has never been told how or where it took place and has only a distant memory of his mother.
But he knows that the fate of his grandfather's brother, Einar, is somehow bound up with this mystery. One day a coffin is delivered for his grandfather long before his death - a meticulous, beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Perhaps Einar is not dead after all.
Edvard's desperate quest to unlock the family's tragic secrets takes him on a long journey - from Norway to the Shetlands, and to the battlefields of France - to the discovery of a very unusual inheritance. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century.
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - traumleben - LibraryThing
An entrancing novel that follows a young man's journey into the mysterious circumstances of his parent's deaths, which left him a young orphan, to be raised by his Norwegian grandfather. Rooted in the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CharlotteBurt - LibraryThing
It is at heart a mystery novel where Edvard attempts to find the truth about his parents death following a trail of clues to the Shetland Islands and then to battlefields from world war one in ... Read full review