Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
By Vendela Vida
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060828387, 256pp.)
Publication Date: January 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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On the day of her father's funeral, twenty-eight-year-old Clarissa Iverton discovers that he wasn't her biological father after all. Her mother disappeared fourteen years earlier, and her fiancé has just revealed a life-changing secret to her. Alone and adrift, Clarissa travels to mystical Lapland, where she believes she'll meet her real father. There, at a hotel made of ice, Clarissa is confronted with the truth about her mother's history, and must make a decision about how—and where—to live the rest of her life.
Vendela Vida is the author of And Now You Can Go and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, both of which were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She received the 2007 Kate Chopin Writing Award and is a founding coeditor of The Believer magazine and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children.
“Vida gives the icy landscape and eerie, forbidding beauty and her writing has…great emotional acuity.”
-The New Yorker
Reading this book reminded me...how rarely a writer as precise, artful, and passionate as Vendela Vida comes along.
-George Saunders, author of IN PERSUASION NATION
Searing and beautiful...[Clarissa] is funny and fearless and absolutely unforgettable--just like this marvelous book.
-Ann Packer, author of THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN'S PIER
“A taut, intricately layered page-turner that looks deeply and fearlessly into matters of profound human concern.”
-Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE HOURS
“A haunted, moving, gorgeous novel. It glows from within like a building made of snow.”
-Andrew Sean Greer, author of THE CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI
“A luminescent and evocative tale of grief, free of the standard clichés.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Intimate and sweeping, LET THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ERASE YOUR NAME dazzles like sun on snow.”
-Sean Wilsey, author of OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL
“Taut, understated, and compelling”
“[A] stirring novel…as alive and fascinating as the brilliant atmospheric phenomenon of its title.”
“[Vida’s] stripped-down, modern approach at its best applies a wash of freshness, even innocence to age-old questions.”
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
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