Sonata for Miriam: A Novel

Sonata for Miriam: A Novel

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by Linda Olsson
     
 

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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 theSee more details below

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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 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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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 Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
397,806
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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