From an exhilarating new voice, a stunning debut novel - which Jonathan Safran Foer calls as "lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller".
In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. Their lives have been upended - Frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic Manhattan for an isolated artist colony; Yasha arrives from Brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father's last wish: to be buried "at the top of the world. They have come to learn how to be alone. But in Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, 95 miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty.
With nimble and sure-footed prose, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world.
"Narrator Julie McKay strikes just the right tone--languid with an edge of sarcasm--to suit this offbeat coming-of-age romance between two New Yorkers in a Norwegian landscape filled with perpetual light." (AudioFile)
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It's been a long time since I encountered a book this good. The writing, the characters, and especially the setting make it seem as if you're listening to a particularly good fable or fairy tale that you've never encountered before. The switching between characters' voices can be confusing (I wish the narrator had paused just a little bit before each jump), but once you get used to that, you can get lost in this book. I was crying by the end. Give it a listen--you won't regret it.
A Poet's Novel
- Barbara Stark-Nemon - author Even in Darkness- a novel