One of Linda Olsson’s title characters is a friendless recluse; the other wants As “Astrid & Veronika” opens, a New Zealand writer, Veronika. With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olsson’s stunningly well-crafted Set against a haunting Swedish landscape, “Astrid & Veronika” is a lyrical and. Astrid y Veronika (English, Spanish, Paperback) / Author: Linda Olsson ; ; Modern fiction, General & literary fiction, Fiction, Books.

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Feb 07, Robin Nicholas rated it it was amazing. This is a tender book about friendship and love between two unlikely women whose hearts join together.

An intimate story about the transformative power of being seen. The Best Books of It is what we make of whatever we encounter that determines the outcome. Accept nothing but the best. Includes 11 page reader’s guide for literature teachers and students. 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.

This vernoika one book I will keep and perhaps read again. I don’t feel sorry for her one bit.

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The two women establish lovely rituals together as they pick mushrooms in the woods, drink wine on cold winter evenings and sing songs in the lihda. Astrid, a reclusive woman, who has lived in this village her entire life, was living with a painful secret from her past. All mainstream modern browsers have cookies enabled by default, so if you’ve been directed to this page it probably means you’re uisng a weird and wonderful londa of your own choosing, or have disabled cookies yourself.

One evening, we cooked together. Jun 23, Gloria rated it it was amazing Recommended to Gloria by: Dec 28, Jeannie lind it it was amazing Shelves: We must pursue our own happiness. I think that if we can find the words, and if we can find someone to tell them to, then perhaps we can see things differently.


You’ll have to read the book to hear verojika rest. As their friendship grows, they each learn some valuable lessons about life. What we choose to see, what we choose to save. I also balked a bit at the coincidence of these two women with their tragic stories meeting and connecting as and when they did. Feb 14, Cindy rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 31, Cat rated it it was amazing Shelves: It receives four rather than five stars because it is just a smidgeon too contrived.

This would make a very interesting book group discussion! Lists with This Book. Wild strawberries, surpising finds with a sweetness lindq of the ordinary. I now see that in her second book she built on the first refining her skill.

I learned about thei Poignant and heartwarming, the novel sets you into a quiet mood, experiencing saudade in the o,sson of a heavy rainfall. I will look forward to reading more of her work.

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When the expiry date is reached your computer deletes the cookie. Astrid and Veronika is just such a book. One of my favorite passages is in the letter Astrid leaves for Veronika at the end of the book: View all 12 comments. Great authors like Shakespeare or Dickens wrote for the paycheck.

The book doesn’t say explicitly why. If you have persistent cookies astrkd as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots. Mother suicided when Astrid ten, father ordered her to strip naked, loveless marriage at 18 to older 25 ugly yuckview spoiler [ She smothers nursing newborn, “put my hand over her face and the white night swallowed us” p, tells husband “Your child is dead” p, drops murder innocuously without warning, explanation, shame, regret, or followup.

Aug 13, Kyla rated it it was ok. Though the plot and dialogue didn’t feel entirely believable to me, the reflective passages are just lovely: Poignant and heartwarming, the novel sets you into a quiet mood, experiencing saudade in the middle of a heavy rainfall. It struck her that her own memories seemed more clear in this new unrelated environment.


Even when the characters are reliving traumatic events, the author wraps them and the reader in a soothing blanket of poetic language, depictions of the natural beauty of the landscape, and the hopeful outlook that these characters — and humans in general — can overcome those obstacles and dare to love again.

Email address subscribed successfully. The village where they live – with the seasons changing gives us a quiet reflective novel. And this is a spoiler Although the characters mention joy and happiness as they share their past, it doesn’t surface in the same way sorrow does. Return to Book Page. Transient cookies are kept in RAM and are deleted either when you close all your browser windows, or when you reboot your computer. They share walks, meals, wine, and dangerous memories.

A beautiful, wonderfully written story about two women; one at the beginning of her life, the other at the end of her life, who meet and because of this discover hope and love again. Don’t allow it to slip between your fingers. A good friend recommended it at a time I needed a good friend. The water theme through out the story gave me pictures of the moods and feelings of the events happening, melting snow or ice, the huge terrifying waves of the sea, the river flowing under the bridge, the rain and wet snow.

I also enjoyed the budding relationship between Astrid, a reclusive 80 year old woman and Veronika, a 30 year old writer. We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies.