Butterflies in November

Butterflies in November

Book - 2014
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* 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 dumped--twice--and 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 blacksand 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Grove Press, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9780802123183
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Fitzgibbon, Brian - Translator


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ontherideau Feb 04, 2016

Clever writing if you can stick with it, dead goose details killed the story for me.

Jan 03, 2015

Two narratives take place: an almost detached and stoic tale of events where the most emotional involvement seems to about how to present an accidental road-kill goose so the tread mark won't show (lots of rich sauce), and mild annoyance over an ex taking personal books in the divorce settlement.

Glimpses of a desperate past emotional trauma are written in italics. Some one else's story?

Around Iceland's Ring Road she heads, in the dark of winter, with a friend's fragile child and loads of lottery money in the glove compartment.

Clever writing worth reading.


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