Astrid & Veronika

Astrid & Veronika

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, ©2007.
ISBN: 9780143038078
Characteristics: 259, 11 pages ;,20 cm.
Alternative Title: Astrid and Veronika


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Andge1 Jul 15, 2012

This certainly isn't a cheery read. Instead, it's a tale of hardship for the two main characters. An okay story but nothing too gripping.

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Bierlingen May 09, 2013

This is a beautiful story about the growth of friendship between two women at very different points of the age spectrum. Both having endured tragedy in their lives, they triumph above the negatives by confiding in each other and finding comfort in their friendship.

This is not for the reader who likes a fast moving novel.

Andge1 Jul 15, 2012

This certainly isn't a cheery read. Instead, it's a tale of hardship for the two main characters. An okay story but nothing too gripping.

DebbyReese Jun 09, 2012

This was a lovely book - very intense - weaves a delicate fabric that is a balance of the need for independence with a need for friendship.

melwyk May 01, 2012

I found both the main characters well constructed, and the setting evocative. The midsummer celebrations with long, light evenings; the swimming hole that Astrid and Veronika walk to in the summer heat and then take a dip; the food they eat and drink; even the interior of both their houses...all of these were so real and strongly present in the story. The cover of the book I read is quite eye-catching, and as I read I found the significance of the image chosen. The premise of the entire book is that a fortuitous, chance encounter allows both women to uncover their secrets and painful memories, and to heal each other through building a deep friendship. It's quite lovely and memorable in itself, with Astrid, especially, being a character I won't soon forget.

Feb 23, 2011

Two ?motherless' women, generations apart, become neighbors near a small Swedish village. The year that ensues will change both their lives as they both learn to share hidden aspects of their lives?one long, another just starting with some bumps to overcome. This poetic and elegiac book uses the seasons as one of its gently unfolding themes to examine the ?why do we live as we do' question. You'll love Astrid and Veronika, wishing you lived next door, too.

Sep 08, 2010

The author was not successful in evoking the emotions intended. I could not relate to the suffering of either the younger or the older lady. The story was rather dull actually. Too much walking and no talking......

Sep 23, 2009

This haunting and lyrical story reveals how the friendship between two women, one young and one old, helps each of them navigate from the depths of grief back into the joy of life.


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melwyk May 01, 2012

"I didn't know I still had a bottle left. It's been so long. I didn't think there would be anything left behind the house, either. But when I checked the other day, I found it -- my strawberry patch -- overgrown and hidden under weeds but still there."

She lifted her glass and looked straight at Veronika. "Like secrets," she said. "Like memories. You can make yourself believe that they have been erased. But they are there, if you look closely. If you have a wish to uncover them."

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 08, 2011

"Beginnings and ends are fluid, long chains of events where some links seem so insignificant and others so momentous, while in fact all have the same weight. What may appear as a single dramatic moment is just a link between what was before and what comes after."

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