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Butterflies in November
by Auour Ava Olafsdottir and Brian Fitzgibbon


Overview - * Long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 *
"I can t remember the last time I was so enchanted by a novel like I am by "Butterflies in November." Zany, surprising, full of twists and turns, it left me breathless. I just love this book." Ann Hood, author of "The Knitting Circle" and "The Obituary Writer"
After a day of being dumpedtwiceand accidentally killing a goose, a young woman yearns for a tropical vacation far from the chaos of her life.
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Overview
* Long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 *
"I can t remember the last time I was so enchanted by a novel like I am by "Butterflies in November." Zany, surprising, full of twists and turns, it left me breathless. I just love this book." Ann Hood, author of "The Knitting Circle" and "The Obituary Writer"
After a day of being dumpedtwiceand accidentally killing a goose, a young woman yearns for a tropical vacation far from the chaos of her life. Instead, her plans are wrecked by her best friend s four-year-old deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when the boy chooses the winning numbers for a lottery ticket, the two of them set off on a road trip across Iceland with a glove compartment stuffed full of their jackpot earnings. Along the way, they encounter black sand beaches, cucumber farms, lava fields, flocks of sheep, an Estonian choir, a falconer, a hitchhiker, and both of her exes desperate for another chance. What begins as a spontaneous adventure will unexpectedly and profoundly change the way she views her past and charts her future.
"Butterflies in November" is a blackly comic, charming, and uplifting tale of friends and lovers, motherhood, and self-discovery."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802123183
  • ISBN-10: 080212318X
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
  • Publish Date: December 2014
  • Page Count: 296
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

“One of the things that characterizes a bad relationship is when people start feeling an obligation to have a child together.” So says the unnamed narrator of Ólafsdótti’s (The Greenhouse) novel, a woman dumped twice in the same day: first by her lover, because she will not commit to him, and then by her husband, because she will not commit to domestic life—particularly the idea of having children. Luck answers her call for change when she wins the lottery. However, as soon as she plans an isolated vacation in a faraway bungalow, she ends up accepting temporary responsibility for her friend’s child, a four-year-old deaf-mute boy. She and the boy set off on a road trip through Iceland where they kill various animals; pass by a lava field, a cucumber farm, and a Wild West motel; and cross paths with a cow portraitist, an ex-lover, and, maybe, a future lover. Ólafsdótti’s novel is outlandish, yet the protagonist’s conviction is plausible enough for the circumstances to feel authentic. The story explores what freedom really means when romantic and familial bonds are pushed aside. (Dec.)

 
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