This historical novel set in early 20th century Norway hit all the right notes for me. Reminding me of Willa Cather and Sigrid Undset, Rose's sparse, simple narrative style swept me away and I was charmed and moved by Oleanna. While without a flashy plot, the simple evocation of Norwegian life -- both modern and old-fashioned -- and the pain and loss of ordinary individuals was delightfully articulated. I miss Oleanna and the world Rose evoked.
What wonderful company the book is in—including Maryanne O'Hara's wonderful Cascade!
This is the right way to start the week!