Saturday, January 1, 2011

Astrid & Veronika - Linda Olsson

Set in a small village in Sweden, Astrid & Veronika is the story of a young woman (Veronika) fleeing a tragic relationship, and an older woman (Astrid) dealing with the mistakes of her past. The two develop a friendship and eventually discover the healing power of sharing their secrets. The book is told in the present - as the relationship between the two women grows - as well as in flashbacks, as they each share the details of their prior lives. This book is beautifully written, and because parts of it take place against a snowy Scandinavian backdrop, it was a perfect read for the winter season. While sad and desperate at times, ultimately, I found this to be a very satisfying testament to the power of female friendships.

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