Astrid and 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.
- Paperback | 259 pages
- 128 x 192 x 16mm | 199.58g
- 06 Feb 2007
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United Kingdom
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.
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)
Our customer reviews
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 book.show moreby Lois Keogh