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Astrid & Veronika
Linda Olsson
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Summary: 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.

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main characters Veronika
Age: 30
Renting a home in a remote village to finish her second novel; friends with Astrid; abandoned a devoted boyfriend to go with a bartender whom she tragically lost.

Veronika's neighbor; known as the village witch; friends with Veronika; was sexually abused by her father; endured a long loveless marriage.

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