Astrid and Veronika

Astrid and Veronika

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 259 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0143038079
  • 9780143038078
  • 108,452

About Linda Olsson

Linda Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2003, she won the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. Linda has lived in Kenya, Singapore, Britain, and Japan before settling in Auckland, New Zealand, where she lives today. Her previous novel, Astrid & Veronika, was published in 2007.
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Review quote

Linda Olsson unravels . . . each woman's story . . . gradually revealing their grief and loss. . . . This a subtle but powerful novel, tender and poignant. ("The Dominion Post", New Zealand)
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6,019 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
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What a wonderful novel this is - Astrid and Veronika. My copy is titled Let me sing you gentle songs - and it is indeed a gentle novel. Magnificently written, hard to put down and hard to forget. I couldn't wait to return to it and was sorry when it ended. A wonderful more
by Lois Keogh
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