* Long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 *
"I can’t remember the last time I was so enchanted by a novel like I am by Butterflies in November. Zany, surprising, full of twists and turns, it left me breathless. I just love this book." Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer
After a day of being dumpedtwiceand accidentally killing a goose, a young woman yearns for a tropical vacation far from the chaos of her life. Instead, her plans are wrecked by her best friend’s four-year-old deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when the boy chooses the winning numbers for a lottery ticket, the two of them set off on a road trip across Iceland with a glove compartment stuffed full of their jackpot earnings. Along the way, they encounter black sand beaches, cucumber farms, lava fields, flocks of sheep, an Estonian choir, a falconer, a hitchhiker, and both of her exes desperate for another chance. What begins as a spontaneous adventure will unexpectedly and profoundly change the way she views her past and charts her future.
Butterflies in November is a blackly comic, charming, and uplifting tale of friends and lovers, motherhood, and self-discovery.
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About the Author
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in History of Art at the University of Iceland. Her novel, The Greenhouse , won the DV Culture Award for literature, was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award, and translated into twenty-two languages. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Saw a review of this in the newspaper and immediately picked it up because we had just visited Iceland. I'm enjoying the irreverent main character who says what I've often wanted to say but couldn't because of the audience. This is not a mainstream American voice or "poor me my-husband-dumped-me-and-so-did-my-lover-so-my-life-has-no-meaning"story, but a refreshingly zany and honest woman's voice.