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Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs by Linda Olsson
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Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs (2005)

by Linda Olsson

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I normally avoid books in which children suffer and die. I wish I had avoided this one (it was a selection for my book club). The friendship between the two women was very well done, and it was the main emphasis of the story. I just have a strong reaction to some of the events in the women's back stories. ( )
  iBeth | Oct 16, 2016 |
As a kiwi living in Sweden, I read this with a lot of interest. I think I damaged it with my own overly high expectations, but it was a good read. Possibly even a 4, if I hadn't gone in expecting so much from it.

Having re-read it in english, I think it suffers for it (I agree with some other reviewers, the dialogue is a little clunky.)

Not much to say really, chick lit is not really my genre, and I have little to compare it to. ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 2016 |
This is a beautiful, gentle story about two women struggling with their pasts and the friendship they formed. Loved it. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jul 4, 2016 |
What a beautifully written book! She "paints the landscape of friendship." I cried - ever so softly - at the end. So tender and loving. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 15, 2016 |
Amazing descriptions. Great at capturing the moment with the look and feel. Vivid word pictures. ( )
1 vote nx74defiant | Jan 23, 2016 |
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I drift around my rooms and write to shadows, thinking as I always did, that writing only can make peace, can right and heal that which a life made sordid. - Bo Bergman, Somnlos' (Sleepless) in Aventyret (The adventure) 1969
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Fir Anna-Lisa, my grandmother, my friend
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There had been wind and drifting snow during her journey, but as darkness fell, the wind died and the snow settled.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143038079, Paperback)

With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olsson’s 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 Veronika’s 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.

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Olsson leads us through the flowering but unusual and tender friendship of Veronica and Astrid, as they slowly and carefully reveal their life histories and sometimes heart-rending pasts. A stunning first novel by a new writer with genuine talent.

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