One of Linda Olsson’s title characters is a friendless recluse; the other wants As “Astrid & Veronika” opens, a New Zealand writer, Veronika. With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olsson’s stunningly well-crafted Set against a haunting Swedish landscape, “Astrid & Veronika” is a lyrical and. Astrid y Veronika (English, Spanish, Paperback) / Author: Linda Olsson ; ; Modern fiction, General & literary fiction, Fiction, Books.

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This is one book Olssno will keep and perhaps read again. Be I started this not really knowing what to expect, and at first, it seemed to plod along a little too slowly. And much to be grateful for. This is a tender book about friendship and love between two unlikely women whose hearts join together.

Want to Read saving…. We have to live our lives. This was my choice for our Book Club and it generated one of the most in-depth and lengthy discussions we’ve had! Also mentioned often were open windows, scenes through t There are so many phrases and descriptions which I found simply beautiful and hauntingly familiar.

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Beautifully written book about memory and facing the difficult memories in order to feel and live again. It cannot be counted in years, minutes or seconds, kilos and grams.

Lists with This Book. To ask other readers questions about Astrid and Veronikaplease sign up. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with veronkka 50 million reviews. Her debut ‘Let me sing you gentle songs’ was published in September in New Zealand.


During my own life, I have experienced friendships with women that are older than I, and often those are my favorite and most cherished relationships. Poignant and heartwarming, the novel sets you into a quiet mood, experiencing saudade in the middle of a heavy rainfall. And I have come to think that however much it hurts, however hard it is, we have to listen. Well-worn plots sensitive woman who has endured a Great Tragedy runs away and encounters a mysterious crabby woman with a Great Tragedy in her own past and together they Heal Each Other – all together now – “Bleeccch”!

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Though the plot and dialogue didn’t feel entirely olssno to me, the reflective passages are just lovely: The book opens with a cold winter welcome, it feels slow at first, but as you go along the story, you are slowly opening up – to the slow talks, to the longer sunshine, to the serense streams of the river bend, to the peaceful poems and prose, and to the sharings of the two women – of different generations, but having the same broken past and dark secrets.

Open Preview See a Problem? They both care, give time, energy, love, connect each back to others, the world veronik, for an obvious moral of everybody needs somebody to love, giving is receiving, blah blah.

The briefest brush with real love can sustain you for a olxson. Many thanks to Jenny for telling me about this lovely novel by Swedish born novelist, Linda Olsson.


The village where they live – with the seasons changing gives us a ljnda reflective novel. Apr 15, Tristan rated it liked it Recommended to Tristan by: Those of us who have fallen into unknown relationships at life’s most unexpected time will realate to this story.

At book club last night I revisited this book View all 3 comments. Don’t allow it to slip between your fingers. The plot was is overdone and this was certainly not a fresh angle on it.

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This is a story of two halves of one spirit finding one another. She wants peace and quiet and a place where she can finish writing her novel.

Feb 14, Sandie rated it really liked it Shelves: Early in their friendship- Veronica gave Astrid one of her previous novels. The bird cherry trees blossomed and filled the air with perfume over a few intense days, then the petals fell like snow. Definitely a different kind of read and a great choice for when you are already in a pensive or introspective mood or when you need to switch gears from your own day to day stress. Water and its various incarnations is a powerful metaphor for her.