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DOC Û Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name ☆ Vendela Vida

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your NameIs the riveting story of an unthinkable uest Her indomitable heroine Clarissa Iverton slowly and painfully but not without a sense of humor peels away years of old lies in order to embrace a history she could never have imagined Sharply focused and beautifully told Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name is an ambitious and accomplished work of fiction that resonates with the themes of truth and forgiveness Spring 2007 Selecti Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name is kind of a cold climate twin of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty In both books a heroine learns a dramatic family secret In both books learning the secret causes her to set off alone for distant locales without letting anyone know where she's going In both books Vendela Vida takes a location I've never been to and makes me never want to go there everHowever as with actual twins there are a few differences between the novels In Diver's Clothes we don't find out the secret until late in the novel; in Northern Lights we learn the secret in the beginning at the same time the narrator does In Diver's Clothes the narrator's identity keeps shifting; in Northern Lights it's another character's identity that keeps shifting although every time that character's identity shifts it has an impact on the narrator's identity as well Identity identity identity Vendela Vida wants to know Who are we when we realize that nothing is the way we thought it wasI'm not sure Vendela Vida actually has the answer to this uestion but she sure knows how to make the asking of it entertaining Her books have a uniue page turning uality despite their heavy subject matter I think it's because frankly she doesn't get bogged down in talking about feelings This has caused some to accuse her books or heroines of being cold and unfeeling but I don't agree Vida tells us what happens and in the telling we can see exactly how the characters feel There's something organic about it We're not forced to any kind of conclusions but Vida is so skilled we usually arrive at the right ones anyway My understanding is that the other two novels she's written are in exactly the same vein as the two I've mentioned here If that's the case sign me up My preoccupations and Vida's are the same

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EBOOK ☆ EPUB Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name ä 9780060828370 ã Far far north sitting above the Arctic Circle Lapland is a world made of ice; a place both foreign and perilous that unexpectedly lures New Yorker Clarissa Iverton from what had finally become a comfortable life At 14 her mother Far far north sitting above the Arctic Circle Lapland is a world made of ice; a place both foreign and perilous that unexpectedly lures New Yorker Clarissa Iverton from what had finally become a comfortable life At 14 her mother disappeared Now 28 and just days after the death of her father Clarissa discovers that he wasn't her father after all and the only clues to her true heritage are a world away Abandoning her fiancé she I’ve mentioned once or thrice that where I work we have constant book donations coming in and before we add them to our collection I get to peruse them and take what I want to read It’s a fringe benefit that has saved me hundreds of dollars Anyways the other day a box of books showed up on my desk with a note It said Thought you might like these No name was attached It was like a mystery Who would send me these books What could be in this box that someone else might think I wanted to read When I unloaded the box of books on my desk I found that most of the titles related to the “chick lit” variety My excitement waned I’m not much into reading the feely feel good type of stuff I took the books and placed them back in the box and then set the box out on a community table I returned to my desk and found that I had forgotten a book LET THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ERASE YOUR NAME by Vendela Vida An author I had never heard of before I don’t know why I exactly turned the book over to read the synopsis but when I did I saw that George Saunders gave an endorsement of how wonderful the writing style was He mentioned something about how the Spartan uality of the writing showed that impacting novels need not be verbose I turned to the first chapter and read it The chapters are short 1 3 pages each He was right The writing was beautiful Over the next two days I stole whatever time I had and read the book neglecting all my other reading in the process The story is simple a woman tries to piece her life back together after having suffered the emotional effects of a mother running out on her when she was still a girl; a father who passes away but is later revealed not to be her father at all; and a mystery that brings her to Lapland a place above the Arctic Circle This storyline does not do justice to how wonderful this novel is In fact I dare say that the storyline is only a means to conveying what the real story is How do we handle being alone when we get older Sure all of us at one time or another during college relished our newly found freedom thinking that life could not get any better But and I am not ashamed to admit this the ability to come back to a family people that know you love you want to be with you was never too far from my mind It was a safety blanket that kept the bitterness of loneliness at bay Vida remarkably describes these feelings and scenarios through prose that zings across the page More than once I thought about Hemingway’s writing while I read this But Vida has heart and compassion and truth ualities I find lacking in Hemingway The prose is crushing at times leaving the reader feeling as if they have intentionally buried themselves in a snowdrift but can’t get outdesperate now to find a way to survive These moments of claustrophobia add a dimension to the story that makes the characters than three dimensional; it makes them seem as if the reader could be starring in this story The descriptions are sometimes surreal but never garish as if trying to say Look at me Don’t you see how clever I can be when I describe something It is not until the last thirty pages or so that the build up of the novel truly forms itself In a way it might be prudent to say that the first 190 pages or so where just exposition for this final showdown I don’t do spoilers so I apologize for the vagueness And when I finished last night down in my home office I uietly shut the book and thought about my father and mother and brothers and sisters and wondered what they were doing how their lives are so mysterious to me since we all became adults These thoughts made me very melancholy and I ached for their voices I just wanted to say hi ask about their children their days what’s new But it was late and I was left with only my thoughts and the ticking sound of a clock Perhaps this novel is better defined as a ghost story for the reader or a fragile family epic Intrigued I decided to look on the internet to see what reviews I could find about the book There aren’t many But what I did find was this Vendela Vida is married to Dave Eggers I’ve never read a full Eggers book but I can say this with the utmost confidence If ever asked who the writer in the family is Ms Vida can confidently stand and say MeVERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Vendela Vida ☆ Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name BOOK

Flies to Helsinki seeking to uncover the secrets her mother kept for so long While piecing together the fragments of her mother's mysterious past Clarissa is led to the Sami Lapland's native reindeer people who dwell in a stark and frozen landscape under the northern lights It is there that she must summon the courage to confront an unbearable truth and the violent act that ties her to this ancient people Vida's second novel Like The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty this is a uest novel about abandoning who you are or have been and eventually free falling into a new life It’s tautly written and in a way as icy as the Lapland terrain where much of it takes place It’s a good story I was never bored Nor was I emotionally swept away Nevertheless I enjoyed the book