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Dina's Book: A Novel | [Herbjorg Wassmo, Nadia M. Christensen (translator)]

Dina's Book: A Novel

Set in Norway in the mid-nineteenth century, Dina’s Book presents a beautiful, eccentric, and tempestuous heroine who carries a terrible burden: at the age of five she accidentally caused her mother’s death. Blamed by her father and banished to a farm, she grows up untamed and untaught. No one leads the child through her grief, and the accident remains a gruesome riddle of death, with Dina left haunted by the vindictive spirit of her mother. When her father agrees to take her back after several years, his efforts to cultivate her have little lasting effect.
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From the acclaimed and award-winning author Herbojorg Wassmo, Diana's Book is the story of a young Norwegian girl who, after causing the accidental death of her mother, is banished by her father to a distant farm. A story of guilt and erotic desire, Wassmo's novel is replete with characters who are haunted by their pasts, both metaphorically and literally. Julie Farhat reads Nadia M. Christensen's translation with graceful ease, expertly alluding to the longing and loneliness present in every word.

Publisher's Summary

From the winner of the Nordic countries' Pulitzer Prize comes "the gut-wrenching portrait of a woman forever in the grip of her past" (Los Angeles Times).

Set in Norway in the mid-nineteenth century, Dina’s Book presents a beautiful, eccentric, and tempestuous heroine who carries a terrible burden: at the age of five she accidentally caused her mother’s death. Blamed by her father and banished to a farm, she grows up untamed and untaught. No one leads the child through her grief, and the accident remains a gruesome riddle of death, with Dina left haunted by the vindictive spirit of her mother. When her father agrees to take her back after several years, his efforts to cultivate her have little lasting effect.

Tamed only by her tutor, who is able to reach her through music and draw out her gift for mathematics, Dina remains private and closely guarded, while her unconventional behavior and erotic power enchant and ensnare those around her. At age sixteen, she is married off to Jacob, a wealthy fifty-year-old landowner, who later dies under odd circumstances. Wrestling with her two unappeased ghosts, Dina becomes mute and then emerges from her shock to run Jacob’s estate with an iron hand...until one day a mysterious stranger, the Russian wanderer Leo, enters her life and changes it forever.

©2013 Herbjorg Wassmo (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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