Astrid and Veronika

Astrid and Veronika

by Linda Olsson
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Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143038078
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2007
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 290,653
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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Astrid and Veronika 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing story of friendship between two strong women seeking freedom from their pasts. Sweet, tragic and a wonderful read. Loved the cultural aspect as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It shares the slowly developing friendship of two unlikely women. The trust and love they form is very touching and is not often found between those separated so much by age. Though they are years apart they learn they each have deep hurt that has caused them to retreat into themselves and become somewhat reclusive. Once I started this book it was hard to put my ereader down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved every word
Joon More than 1 year ago
Fiction is usually not my cup of tea, because it can be predictable and shallow, but Olsson's "Astrid & Veronika" caught my eye, probably because the names are very European. Two very different women, one young and one old, each struggling with their past, come together and form a bond that only some of us are ever fortunate to experience. It will leave you feeling tender and strong at the same time.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book... but could not. I did not like any of the charactets. However, I did enjoy the way it was written.
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thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
If you can read only one book, read this slim volume about Astrid and Veronika and the friendship these too unlikely women develop. It is a marvelous tale which transcends age, genre and personal preferences. It reaches for your heartstrings, pulls hard and does not let go even after you read the final page. It is about a friendship which goes beyond the definition of the term. Both women are suffering in their own way from personal demons and their relationship enables them to work them through and find contentment. I read it two years ago and still think of it with amazing warmth and affection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a beautiful story. How two women happened to touch each others lives. I cried, cried and cried more!
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Get ready for an extremely well written novel. Get ready for an unusual friendship. Get ready for a book you will not be able to put down. Get ready....you are in for a treat!
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This book was interesting and memorable. There are subtle inuendos throughout that leave the reader wondering the details of some situations and the motivations of the characters for their choices and actions. This one will stay with you for awhile after you put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for the beach.
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Very original touching story. Well written. Highly recommend.
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The characters are so easy to like and yet so different. Very unusual plot about two women at different stages in their lives who form a friendship.
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