When Clarissa Iverton was fourteen years old, her mother disappeared leaving Clarissa to be raised by her father.
Upon his death, Clarissa, now twenty-eight, discovers he wasn't her father at all.
Abandoning her fiance, Clarissa travels from New York to Helsinki, and then north of the Arctic Circle - to Lapland.
There, under the northern lights, Clarissa not only unearths her family's secrets, but also the truth about herself.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, frontispiece map
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 13/09/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781843545835
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews.
Review by tixylix
a beautifully written book about a young woman's quest first to find her father, and then her mother. Some lovely turns of phrase and poetic prose.
Review by nicx27
This book is about Clarissa, a 28 year old woman whose father has just died and whose mother abandoned her family when Clarissa was 14. When Clarissa finds out that the man she thought was her father wasn't, and that her real father is a Sami priest in Lapland, she sets off on a journey to find out where she really comes from.Vendela Vida's writing is very spare. Not a word is wasted - she tells the story she has to tell and nothing more. There is no flowery language, or long descriptions. I really liked this way of writing as it made it a very easy book to read, and I found myself racing through it to find out what Clarissa's true past was. However, the author left out a lot of emotion (in fact, I thought there was hardly any in what could have been an emotive book) and I think the story suffered a little for this, as it made it hard for me to empathise with Clarissa.I think this was a good read, an interesting narrative with a setting that was almost the star of the show, but ultimately probably not that memorable. I do think it's a book that is worth reading though, as it has an unusual feel to it.
Review by jennyarlene
The life of a woman is upturned when her father dies: desperate to understand the earlier abandonment of her mother, she travels to Scandinavia in search of answers. Unusual and affecting, but ultimately left me feeling chilled.
Review by suniru
It was the title that led me to pick up this book in the library. I loved it. With an economy of words the author sets out the story; one of abandonment, identity and survival. There are wonderful vivid sketches of Finland / Lappland and I really felt the cold. However, there are too many major conincidences!