Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name Author:Vendela Vida Vida, coeditor of Believer magazine, follows her canny debut, And Now You Can Go (2003), with a taut, darkly witty, and galvanizing tale of one woman's search for the truth about her parentage. Clarissa's enigmatic mother left her family, including her retarded son, when Clarissa was 14, and vanished without a trace. A dozen years later, Clariss... more »a is languishing in a stale relationship and going nowhere with her work editing movie subtitles when her father abruptly dies, and a gaping hole opens in her past. Now it's Clarissa's turn to disappear as she journeys to Lapland and the world of the Sami, an indigenous people who still herd reindeer. With skilled distillation, Vida evokes a culture on the brink of extinction and a legacy of loss as her anxious yet adventurous protagonist throws herself on the mercy of strangers in an otherworldly realm of deep cold, hard drinking, a hotel constructed of snow and ice, the northern lights, and long memories.« less
This novel was easy to read in spite of the heaviness of the topic. Imagine being abandoned by your own mother and then, many years later, coming upon her. What would you say? How would you feel? Perhaps you would actually feel more love for her than she for you. A shocking revelation. I enjoyed this book and particularly liked the detailed descriptions of life in the north, where it is so very cold.