Seal Woman

Seal Woman

by Solveig Eggerz

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Having answered a Berlin newspaper advertisement for “strong women who can cook and do farm work,” Sophie Charlotte finds herself married with two sons on an Icelandic sheep farm, trying to sever cords of memory that lead back to the powerful love she knew in Germany and all that she lost there. When World War II began, Charlotte was attached to a supremely talented but politically furious painter in Berlin. But she would lose him twice: first to the resistance and then to the camps. More wounding for Charlotte, however, is the unforgiving trace of their daughter, Lena, who at five years old tragically disappeared into the chaos of the War.

This is an extraordinarily beautiful saga that links sure-footed portraits of wartime Berlin and the severity of life in the Icelandic countryside. Moving and genuinely affirming, Seal Woman is a many-colored portrayal of a strong woman’s life broken in two stark and unforgiving worlds separated by the North Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609531065
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 894,180
File size: 430 KB

About the Author

A native of Iceland, Solveig Eggerz spent her early childhood there, but then her family also lived in Germany, England and the U.S. She has a Ph.D. in medieval English, German, and Scandinavian comparative literature from Catholic University. An accomplished writer, she has worked as a journalist and as a professor of writing and research, and she currently teaches creative writing in the D.C. area.

Solveig has a family history of writing and storytelling: “I've carried the stories my forefathers told in my heart all my life. My great-great grandfather, Friðrik Eggerz, a farmer and a protestant minister, wrote his autobiography when he was in his eighties, a book that documented 19th century Icelandic regional history; my grandfather, Sigurður Eggerz, twice prime minister, wrote plays and essays. My father, Pétur Eggerz, a foreign service officer, was a best-selling author in Iceland and wrote fiction and nonfiction until the day he died at age 80.”

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Seal Woman 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Charlotte leaves post-World War II Berlin to start a new life in Iceland. She is responding to an ad looking for strong women to work on the sheep farms but assumed in that is that the women and farmers may marry. Life on the farm and the weather in Iceland is hard, and Charlotte is also dealing with the ghosts from her past, her Jewish husband and her half-Jewish daughter Lena. Excellent writing; the author goes seamlessly back and forth between Charlotte in present-day Iceland and the young Charlotte in Berlin. Beautiful story; highly recommended.