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Astrid and Veronika
by Linda Olsson

Published: 2007-02-06
Paperback : 259 pages
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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 ...
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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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by Gina15 (see profile) 02/27/15

 
  "A Beautiful Story"by dianeo (see profile) 05/18/10

This is one of my favorite books of 2010 so far! It is beautifully written. Linda Olsson has such talent in captivating the reader,with gracious descriptions of both characters and place.
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  "enjoyed the relationship and the back story thru the seasons"by dswiley (see profile) 11/20/08

I enjoyed the relationship between Astrid and Veronika.  The back story and how the author weaved the seasons and the passing of time and grief together was moving, and sometimes uncomfortable.

 
  "description of people was beautiful"by stasha (see profile) 03/08/08

 
  "A moving slice of life"by WPLWBC (see profile) 03/05/08

Generally, we found it shocking (the murder of Astrid's baby) and felt it left many unanswered questions. We liked the friendship theme, and someone coming into your life when you really need them. A moving... (read more)

 
  "In a small village in Sweden 2 women meet and what happens is a story this story"by minouch (see profile) 03/04/08

I love this book it is powerful, gripping, has gruesome things happen and fun.For me this is what the world is coming too a world where neighbors dont know one an other a world where people ... (read more)

 
  "astrid and veronika"by emptynester (see profile) 09/28/07

I thought the book was rather dull. No drama between the two women. It just didn't go anywhere

 
  "A wonderful story of a friendship that transcends generations"by Wendy56 (see profile) 09/17/07

Astrid and Veronika are two women that forge an unlikely bond of friendship that transcends generations. As they each try to hide from their painful past, they find in each other a confidante. As their... (read more)

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