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Agnes Magnúsdóttir is no longer, needless to say, a household name. In her own day and country, however, the Icelandic servant sentenced to execution for a double homicide in 1829 was notorious as an accused witch and whore. British writer Hannah Kent made Agnes the subject of this debut novel, but interest in this fiction resides in much more than the story of a condemned woman counting out her last days. In fact, the responses of the farm family and priest around Agnes hold our attention almost equally. Already an award-winning fiction in the UK, Burial Rites deserves wide readings on this side of the Atlantic. A Discover Great New Writers selection.