The Journey Home
By Olaf Olafsson
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385720410, 304pp.)
Publication Date: October 30, 2001
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A lyrical and arresting novel by acclaimed Icelandic writer Olaf Olafsson about one woman's redemptive journey home.
Disa Jonsdottir has managed an inn for years with her companion, Anthony, in the English countryside. Compelled by the demands of time to revisit the village of her childhood, she departs England for her native Iceland. Along the way memories surface-of the rift between her and her mother, of the fate of her German-Jewish lover, of the trauma she experienced while working as a cook in a wealthy household. Skillfully weaving past and present, Olafsson builds toward an emotional climax that renders The Journey Home moving, suspenseful, and unforgettable.
Olaf Olafsson lives in New York City.
"Soulful and thoughtful... An impressively mature and wide-ranging book, both geographically and emotionally."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Luminous... Searing in its quietness, overwhelming in its intent, this novel of silence stands witness to the heroic nature of life."
--Booklist (Starred Review)
"Undeniably graceful... It is vulnerability that makes The Journey Home so complete and appealing."