Sonata for Miriam: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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A haunting novel of loss, love, and human connection from the author of Astrid & Veronika

Linda Olsson's first novel, Astrid & Veronika, introduced readers to her gorgeous prose, and her extraordinary understanding of human relationships. With her second novel, she once again charts that terrain in a novel that also explores the significant impact of history on individual lives. In Sonata for Miriam, two events occur that will change ...
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Sonata for Miriam: A Novel

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Overview

A haunting novel of loss, love, and human connection from the author of Astrid & Veronika

Linda Olsson's first novel, Astrid & Veronika, introduced readers to her gorgeous prose, and her extraordinary understanding of human relationships. With her second novel, she once again charts that terrain in a novel that also explores the significant impact of history on individual lives. In Sonata for Miriam, two events occur that will change composer Adam Anker's life forever. Embarking on a journey that ranges from New Zealand to Poland, and then Sweden, Anker not only uncovers his parents' true fate during World War II, but he also finally faces the consequences of an impossible choice he was forced to make twenty years before-a choice that changed the trajectory of his life.


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Editorial Reviews

Alison McCulloch
…mournful…but beautifully told.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Olsson (Astrid and Veronika) explores the hard-won wisdom that can come through grief. When classical musician Adam Anker (né Lipski) stumbles upon a WWII exhibit at a museum in New Zealand and sees his birth name attached to an elderly woman's plea for information, he decides to search for his long-buried past as a way to lend clarity to his daughter Miriam's future. But later that day, Miriam is killed in an accident, and Adam spends the next year in mourning before contacting the woman, Clara Fried, and beginning a journey that spans three continents and four decades. Along the way, Adam returns to his native Poland after 20 years in New Zealand, discovers a family secret and, through letters and old friends, begins to know his parents as people. He also finds the strength to patch up his relationship with Miriam's mother, Cecilia, who narrates the final part of the book in second-person. Olsson's dense, magisterial prose pulls the reader in immediately, and Adam's profound sadness is perfectly handled-it's palpable, but never saccharine or overbearing as the narrative builds toward its unexpected conclusion. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440688010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 680,330
  • File size: 244 KB

Meet the Author

Linda Olsson
Linda Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2003, she won the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. Linda has lived in Kenya, Singapore, Britain, and Japan before settling in Auckland, New Zealand, where she lives today. Her previous novel, Astrid & Veronika, was published in 2007.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    must read

    A beautifully written, memorable book. Miss Olsson is an author to follow.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Relationships are not always easy ...

    This is a very well written book about relationships. The story is captivating and will keep you interested from beginning to end. If you've ever been in a compliated relationship, you will be able to relate to this book. It is a good book to snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter night.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Loved it

    could not put it down. Wanted to find out what would happen to the caracters in the book. I have already lent the book to friends to read with hopes that they will enjoy this book as much as I.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Disappointed and Confused

    I honestly did not like this book. I found it to be confusing, disappointing, and lacking in a lot of places. Most of the time, I had a hard time understanding what was happening, who was who or why things were happening. The characters weren't clear as well as the storyline. The idea for the story was original and interesting but the actual writing of the story lacked. It was lacking in explanations, and details yet there was a whole lot of the author's opinions, thoughts and endless rambling of irrelevant things which also didn't make any sense and threw me even more off. I'm sorry to say but I don't recommend this book.

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