A saga set in Iceland
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Speaking of enticing covers… again, this book draws attention with its beautiful and mesmerizing cover design. Another reason for picking this one is a fascination with Nordic myths and landscapes. Although the author is from New Jersey, she has done a brilliant job conjuring up a rich, authentic atmosphere of 17th century Ice... Speaking of enticing covers… again, this book draws attention with its beautiful and mesmerizing cover design. Another reason for picking this one is a fascination with Nordic myths and landscapes. Although the author is from New Jersey, she has done a brilliant job conjuring up a rich, authentic atmosphere of 17th century Iceland. Rough, cold, and snowy, it reminded me a little of the 1987 movie “Ofelas” (Pathfinder), although the movie is about a war between Norwegian tribes and ultimately revenge. But Lea has invented a saga in its own right, albeit on a smaller scale, concerning but a small group of people. It is basically set in two Icelandic villages, one of them right by the sea. After the loss of her father, Rósa has no choice but to agree and marry a widower whose first wife has not long passed. It is a matter of sheer survival. Missing her old life, her mother, her old home, her childhood love and her hunger for knowledge, she is torn, struggling to be a dutiful and pious wife to a strangely distant husband. She feels exposed to all sorts of forces in a lonely and increasingly uncanny new place. Almost nothing is like it seems in this story, for “the truth isn’t solid, like the earth; she knows that now. The truth is water, or steam; the truth is ice. The same tale might shift and melt and reshape at any time.” You will probably not want to put this tale down until you're done reading it. There are some surprising similarities to “The Binding” by Bridget Collins. I would highly recommend Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir’s “Karitas” (German: “Die Eismalerin”), set about 250 years later, also about an Icelandic woman who must find her calling.
The Glass Woman
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1686, Iceland. A cold, windswept land where they talk of witches and fear strangers . . .
'Gripped me in a cold fist. Beautiful' Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton
'A perfect, gripping winter read. I loved it' Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure
When Rósa is betrothed to Jón Eiríksson, she is sent to a remote village.
There she finds a man who refuses to speak of his recently deceased first wife, and villagers who view her with suspicion.
Isolated and disturbed by her husband's strange behaviour, her fears deepen.
What is making the strange sounds in the attic?
Who does the mysterious glass figure she is given represent?
And why do the villagers talk of the coming winter darkness in hushed tones?
The Glass Woman is a mysterious and captivating tale of love, fear and superstition, perfect for readers of The Miniaturist, The Silent Companions, and The Bear & The Nightingale.
'ENTHRALLING' Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars & The Foundling
'CRACKLES WITH TENSION. MOVING AND ATMOSPHERIC, I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN' Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions & Bone China
'MEMORABLE AND COMPELLING. A NOVEL ABOUT WHAT HAUNTS US - AND WHAT SHOULD' Sarah Moss, author ofGhost Wall
'EVOCATIVE, COMPELLING, WITH A BRILLIANT TWIST' Daily Express
'AN ICELANDIC JANE EYRE . . . COMPELLING, ATMOSPHERIC' Sunday Times
'INTENSELY WRITTEN AND ATMOSPHERIC, WITH AN UNUSUAL SETTING' Daily Mail
'A CHILLING TALE' Good Housekeeping
'LIKE A GHOST STORY TOLD AROUND A WINTER FIRE Tim Leach, author of Smile of the Wolf
SHORTLISTED FOR THE HISTORICAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION DEBUT AWARD
Caroline Lea grew up in Jersey and gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University, where she now teaches writing. Her fiction and poetry have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and
The Glass Woman was shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown.