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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 6th 2007
Pages no: 270
Edition language: English
Linda Olsson's novel Astrid and Veronika is an ode to friendship, to love, which should always be embraced when it unexpectedly arrives. The unlikely friendship between Astrid and Veronika begins soon after Veronika moves into the home next to Astrid's. Veronika, a 30-ish author, has come to this so...
This is the second book I've read by this author, and they have one thing very much in common - they seem to be all about the mood. This is the story of a quiet friendship, started by two women whose memories are painful but precious, and the slow blossom of their friendship, and revelation of the s...
As a kiwi living in Sweden (the precise opposite of the author, a Swede who lives in New Zealand), I read this with a lot of interest. I think I damaged it with my own overly high expectations, but it was a good read. Possibly even a 4, if I hadn't gone in expecting so much from it.Having re-read it...
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I was expecting it to be much sappier than it turned out to be. The characters drew me in and kept me reading, but the tragedy in their lives was either too heavily foreshadowed or too predictable.
Clumsy, clumsy dialogue. A lot of 'and then they did this and she felt that'; show, don't tell.