Butterflies in November

Butterflies in November

by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Brian FitzGibbon

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Overview

A novel of love, friendship, and self-reinvention: “I can’t remember the last time I was so enchanted . . . zany, surprising, full of twists and turns” (Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and Something Blue).
 
A translator of Icelandic, the unnamed young woman who narrates Butterflies in November is perhaps more at home in the world of language than the actual world. After a day of being dumped—twice—and accidentally killing a goose, she yearns to escape from the chaos of her life. Instead, her best friend’s four-year-old deaf-mute son is unexpectedly left in her care. But when the boy chooses the winning numbers for a lottery ticket, the two set off from Reykjavik along Iceland’s Ring Road on a journey of discovery.
 
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.
 
Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.</

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802192301
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Series: Books That Changed the World
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 175,874
File size: 770 KB

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.

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