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Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida
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Aug 08, 2010

it was ok
Recommended to Sull by: Charity shop
Read in July, 2010

This was interesting, but not richly rewarding. I really liked the premise, of a sort of mysteriously multi-cultural girl searching for her possible roots in Lapland. But there seemed something sloppy & half-developed about the narrative.

Somehow I'm not surprised to find that the author is married to Dave Eggars & is a magazine founder & editor. The novel is maybe a good magazine story, maybe.... It had very interesting, modern bits--flirting, drinking & partying in strange foreign villages, then sleeping the hangover off to continue the searching for the father--and lots of unconvincing co-incidences that forwarded the story fast but didn't persuade me that this account was any more than a swift dream of exoticism.

I'd try another of her stories, just to see if there's any change to more depth, but I'm not sure I'd read with much hope, just blind curiosity.
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