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Henning Mankell
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From Publishers' Weekly:

A tragic operating room error has cost Swedish surgeon Fredrik Welin his career in this moving novel from Mankell, who's best known for his Kurt Wallander mystery series (Firewall, etc.).ÅWelin, 66, lives on a remote island with only his dog and cat for company. His routine is abruptly shattered by the arrival of an elderly woman who proves to be Harriet H^rnfeldt, the youthful love he ditched four decades earlier. H^rnfeldt, who's dying of cancer, has sought out Welin because she wants to share a secret about their relationship. This reintroduction to the world of human emotions and interactions proves to be the first of many, leading the doctor to an awkward attempt to get absolution from the woman whose perfectly healthy arm he mistakenly amputated. Mankell displays his considerable gifts for characterization as he succeeds in making his emotionally limited lead character sympathetic. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fredrik Welin is a reclusive ex-surgeon living alone on a tiny island in the north of Sweden. His only companions are a pair of aged pets, and the only society callers to his living room are ants that are transforming his table into an enormous anthill. Every morning, the loner goes out to the frozen lake, cuts a hole in the ice, and then plunges himself into the freezing water to remind himself that he is still alive. Four women enter his life: Harriet, his ex, whom he abandoned years ago; Louise, his unknown daughter; Agnes Klarstrom, the patient who ended his medical career; and Sima, a troubled young woman. By the end of the story, Fredrik no longer takes an icy morning bath to validate his existence; he has undergone redemption with the help of these women. Mankell, the author of the award-winning Kurt Wallander mystery novels, has an ability to create an intimate atmosphere that places the reader directly into the world of his characters, which is nothing short of brilliant.-Lisa Rohrbaugh, New Middletown, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Fredrik Welin
Male
Age: 66
Swedish
Lost his career due to a tragic operating room error; haunted by memories; lives on a remote island with his dog and cat; his lover from four decades ago comes back into his life.
Surgeon

Harriet Hornfekdt
Female
Cancer patient
Tracks down Fredrick, her former lover from four decades ago to reveal a secret about their past relationship.



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