Sonata for Miriam (Paperback)

By Linda Olsson

Penguin Books, 9780143114703, 287pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

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“This is a haunting, beautifully written novel about living with impossible choices; the importance of discerning the mysteries of the past in order to divine one's place in the present; and the quest for understanding that leads to acceptance and forgiveness. A fine read.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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“I loved Astrid & Veronika, Linda Olsson's superb first novel, and her second novel, Sonata for Miriam, lives up to her early promise. In it, Adam leaves his adopted home in New Zealand to delve into his parents' past in WWII Poland and into his own past in Sweden. Olsson writes beautifully about relationships and of the choices we are sometimes forced to make because of events and the actions of our loved ones.”
— Carol Dunn, Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner, WI
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A haunting novel of loss, love, and human connection from the author of Astrid & Veronika
Linda Olsson's first novel, Astrid & Veronika, introduced readers to her gorgeous prose, and her extraordinary understanding of human relationships. With her second novel, she once again charts that terrain in a novel that also explores the significant impact of history on individual lives. In Sonata for Miriam, two events occur that will change composer Adam Anker's life forever. Embarking on a journey that ranges from New Zealand to Poland, and then Sweden, Anker not only uncovers his parents' true fate during World War II, but he also finally faces the consequences of an impossible choice he was forced to make twenty years before-a choice that changed the trajectory of his life.

About the Author

Linda Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2003, she won the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. Linda has lived in Kenya, Singapore, Britain, and Japan before settling in Auckland, New Zealand, where she lives today. Her previous novel, Astrid & Veronika, was published in 2007.