Wonderful, wonderful story about two women, one young and one old, who meet in Sweden. Both deal with terrible tragedies they have not recovered from. Simple things and time together nurse them back to "health."
This is a very thought provoking novel. It tells the story of two very different women who have turned their backs on life for different reasons, but somehow they connect and create a beautiful permanent friendship in a very short time. It is heartwrenching, yet heartwarming at the same time. Beautifully written. Totally loved it! I couldn't put it down. I love that this version has an interview with the author, as well as discussion group questions at the back. Great!
This was a lovely written story of two women who have lead totally different lives and have come together as friends. Beautifully written,this author has a great talent for describing everything that is being seen, heard, tasted and felt. The story itself was a bit on the slow side and it took me awhile to get through it despite the fact that it's only 246 pages, but it was a truly lovely story and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys descriptive, melancholy, and emotional stories.
Although I truly enjoyed the story of Astrid & Veronika's friendship, of their mutual healing of very separate tragedies, I never truly was taken in by the book. I probably could have stopped reading midway through and not felt too bereft of not finishing it. The book is poignant, however, and thought provoking, and well worth the read.
I absolutely loved this unique book. It captivated me from the beginning. I was so involved in this story that I forgot this was the product of an author. I am passing this book on to my daughters and anyone else that comes to mind!
This was my first experience with listening to a book instead of reading, and what an introduction it was. I was totally swept away by the story of the friendship between these two women. The writing is lyrical and the descriptions of the landscape are vibrant and beautiful. I usually see the story as a movie playing in my head, but this time it felt like I was there. Ms. Olsson's writing is so vivid that I saw and touched and felt everything, and cried when Astrid and Veronika recounted their stories of love and loss. I found it hard to let go of the characters once I had reached the end of the discs, and have since ordered it in paperback to keep and reread. Very highly recommended.
This is a story about friendship between two women, both with painfull pasts. Although I struggled to get through the first half, I started to like it after I finished it. It is a story of pain and hope and of moving foward and living without regret. The scenery is descrptive and beautiful. Would translate to a movie nicely I think.
A delicate story of friendship. How best to describe this book? Set in Sweden, a young woman rents a house to grieve the loss of her fiance. Next door, a woman has been alone for years, perhaps decades, perhaps her entire adult life. How they gently find one another and enter into a strong and loving relationship is beautifully told and moving to read.
I enjoyed the story of Astrid & Veronika's friendship, but I found that I never truly immersed myself in the book. While it was a nice story, it was a book that had I stopped reading midway through and not finished it, I wouldn't have been upset. The book is poignant,and thought provoking, but not terribly captivating.
I loved this book! At first it started a little slow, but the more I read the better it got. It is the story of friendship between a young woman and an older woman regarded as the town witch. Both are recovering from tragedies, most of the novel centers around their pasts and the secrets they have. After revealing their stories to one another they develop a lasting friendship. This would make a great beach read!
Veronika, a young writer, moves to a small village in Sweden to come to terms with the tragic loss of her fiance and complete her novel. Veronika meets Astrid, her elderly and reclusive neighbor, and an unlikely friendship begins. Astrid helps Veronika through her grief and reveals her own secrets to Veronika. This a beautifully written story of the sustaining power of female friendship.
With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olssons 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 Veronikas 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.