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The Strawberry Girl

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  532 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Summer 1893, and the Norwegian fishing village of Åsgårdstrand is preparing for the arrival of well-to-do guests and bohemian artists from the city. Local girl Johanne Lien dutifully gathers berries for tourists and poses barefoot for painters as ‘The Strawberry Girl’.

Johanne becomes a maid for the wealthy Ihlen family, whose wayward daughter Tullik recruits her as a go-be
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 7th 2016 by Chatto & Windus (first published April 2016)
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Pouting Always
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johanne used to spend her summers selling strawberries but now that she's slightly older her mother decides she needs to get a real job in addition to her strawberry selling. Through the neighbors Johanne ends up working as a maid for an admiral's family, where she meets the Tullik, a passionate and beautiful girl who is used to doing as she pleases. Tullik takes a liking to Johanne and befriends her, often getting her out of her chores so that they can go to town or the beach.

The town Johanne
Maria Roxana
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”Edvard și cu mine vom fi întotdeauna împreună. Suntem împreună altundeva, deasupra oceanului și a cerului și, în același timp, suntem în fiecare părticică din ele. Despărțirea nu există.”
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dual review with Swedish first and then English!


Jag läste klart Målarens Musa sent igår kväll, det var inte min plan, men jag kunde helt enkelt inte sluta läsa boken. Den glödande kärlekshistorian mellan Tullik och Edvard Munch kom att bli så intensiv och så fylld av galenskap att jag inte kunde sluta läsa boken. Som om jag hade smittats av den besatthet som rådde i boken.

Handlingen börja med att Johanne tar anställning hemma hos familjen Ihlen och möter Tullik. Tullikdras till d
Etwas skurill, aber im Ganzen ein solides Buch. Man muss sich aber für Kunst interessieren, sonst wird das Buch schnell verwirrend.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't work for me. Cheesy and annoying.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discarded-shelf
I read until 30% of the book before deciding it wasn't for me. The narrative is to slow and even though things happened I felt like it was always the same. So, the Strawberry Girl, known as such because she licks strawberries on the forest and on Munch's house (he who can never be mentioned) is sent by her mother (in hopes to make her less of a rascal) to work as a servant and somehow befriends one of the Almiral's daughter. All in 30% of the book. I just couldn't find my way into this book.
Roxana Cora
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte interesanta. Fara sa vrei intri usor in pielea personajelor si traiesti impreuna cu ele. Subiectul incredibil de actual: o dragoste atat de intensa, incat este greu sa separi normalul, de nebunie. Cine poate sti ce inseamna binele sau raul din viata noastra... Cand citim o carte buna, fiecare ramana cu altceva in minte. Pe mine ma obsedeaza cat de diferit este modul de gandire al barbatilor, fata de cel al nostru, femeile. Doar incercand sa ii intelegem ajungem sa ne gasim linistea in iu ...more
a sensual and evocative novel which perfectly portrays the juxtaposition of the rigid etiquette of the wealthy and the bohemian lifestyle of some of the artists of the time.
A story of passion and nature which, for me, has brought to life the work of Edvard Munch as well as adding Norway to my bucket list.

I received my copy free via Goodreads giveaways
joyce g
I liked it.. then didn't.
Jovi Ene
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am fost mereu atras de cărțile care îți dezvăluie orizonturi noi, adică informații, lucruri inedite despre personalități, oleacă de cultură generală, chiar dacă într-o formă ficționalizată.
Fata cu fragi este o astfel de carte, care pornește de la câteva lucruri reale de la finalul secolului 19: Edvard Munch, poetul național al Norvegiei crează tablouri în fiecare vară într-un satuc dintr-un fiord, Asgardstrand. Acolo se îndrăgostește, pe rând, de două surori, lucru care le va transforma viața ac
Abby Lewis
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Goodreads win.

A brilliant book, normally see a love blossoming b one of the people, this book tells from afar. Brilliant!
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow... it has been forever since I've written a book review. Partly because I don't read as much anymore and partly because I get nervous reviewing books. What if I missed something in the book? Anyway, it's supposedly good for the author. So, here I am. Also, I'm pretty sure that you have to get the book via Book Depository and so I will just say that the physical book is stunning and has end papers that match The Scream.

Summary: Similar to Loving Vincent , this book is an ode to art. The tit
Sommaren 1893 förbereder sig fiskebyn Åsgårdstrand för turisterna som ska komma. Johanne får anställning som husa hos familjen Ihlen, där hon blir dottern Tulliks förtrogna. Tullik har ett förhållande med konstnären Edvard Munch.
Trodde mycket på Målarens musa innan jag började läsa den, gillar den tiden boken utspelar sig på och det kändes som ett roligt initiativ att skriva en bok med Edvard Munch i. Tyvärr levde den inte upp till mina förhoppningar. Språket är fint men det är fruktansvärt segt
A.Z. Green
So this review is also long overdue. Thank you Goodreads for crashing as I was writing it. I can't believe it took me almost a year to realise I'd still not written it. Whoopsie!

This novel centres on the artist Edvard Munch and I already found that fascinating because I always found his piece The Scream intriguing and disturbing.

The Girl Between really does something magical in creating a possible story behind his paintings, including The Scream. It's wonderfully creative and I can see that the
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, humans, romance
Libro dalla trama interessante per quanto concerne lo sguardo su ciò che possono nascondere i quadri, la vita dei loro soggetti e i loro retroscena meno conosciuti, ottiene due stelle.

Esso narra la storia d'amore del noto pittore Edvard Munch e una nobile della famiglia Ihlen, Tullik, la quale sarebbe il soggetto di quadri come "Sirena" o "L'incontro" o avrebbe provocato le emozioni espresse nel caso de "L'urlo". Tutto ciò narrato dal punto di vista della servitrice-amica della donna, ovvero la
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stelline

Quest’estate, dopo essere stata in Svezia e in Norvegia, ho comprato una serie di libri ambientati in questi paesi. E dato anche il mio amore per Munch, non potevo che non comprare anche questo.

Questa lettura mi ha piacevolmente stupito, anche se, allo stesso tempo, ho trovato alcuni dettagli che mi hanno fatto storcere il naso.
Ho adorato tutto quello che aveva a che fare con Munch e con il suo modo di vedere l’arte, la capacità dell’autrice di creare un personaggio profondo e veriti
Lucia Ghirca
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a wonderful read! I loved the fact that, every time I searched Munch's work to see if the description in the book matched a real-life painting, I was not disappointed. It makes you feel part of the story :)
3.5 stars.

A beautiful, yet sad story about a young woman's love for a painter who cannot be tamed and his feelings bind no matter how strong they are. His art and paintings are his everything and will always be on the first place. The story is very strong, you can experience variety of emotions with the characters, from pure joy and happiness to disappointment, despair and unimaginable pain. I definitely recommend this book to all readers, because everyone will be able to find something in this
Bruce Hatton
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: norwegian-crime
This is a wonderfully evocative novel about a fictional affair between an admiral's daughter, Regina Ihlen and Norway's most famous painter, Edvard Munch. Narrated by Johanne Lien (herself, an aspiring painter) who is both Regina's servant and closest confidante. In many ways it is a detailed observation of the class structures and societal mores of late 19th century Norway. There are some wonderful descriptions of the coastal landscapes and dramatic changes in the weather, especially from the v ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I've seen a piece by Edvard Munch I have been impressed by the colors and by what it makes you feel. I have to say, his paintings are far from being peaceful. Somehow, each of them transmits a tormented feeling. However, there hasn't been anybody there to explain what each piece means or what the painter wanted to express. Even though the book is inspired from reality, but keeps just a few pieces from it, the whole puzzle is wonderful. I found the writing easy, but profound. The point ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vilken fin liten bok . en berättelse, i hög grad skönlitterär, som berättar en historia som helt plötsligt låter mig komma nära Edvard Munch och inte minst Skriet. Väldigt bra sommarläsning må jag säga - rekommenderas!
Lolly K Dandeneau
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
see The Girl Between same novel, different title
polpettone sentimentale, non ne avevo idea quando l'ho preso in mano, altrimenti non me ne sarei nemmeno avvicinata. uffa!
Rochesteriana Bronteana
Sono rimasta affascinata tantissimo dal personaggio di Edvard Munch!
Melanie - iHeartFantasy
Actual rating: 3,75.

Wonderfully written. Intense romance. Beautiful setting. Everything I want in a summer read.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I quadri sono fatti per essere visti. In una maniera o nell'altra trovano la loro strada fuori, nel mondo."

La ragazza delle fragole è ambientato nella Norvegia del 1893. In una piccola cittadina che si affaccia sui fiordi del Mare del Nord, vive la giovane Johanne. Nel villaggio dove Johanne vive con la famiglia, ogni anno per l'estate torna il pittore Edvard Munch, uomo particolare che viene da sempre guardato con sospetto dalla comunità. Nonostante le sia stato vietato di parlare con Munch, J
Julia Jordan
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manchmal greife ich nach einem Buch, ohne tatsächlich zu wissen, was mich erwartet. So ging es mir mit der Geschichte vom Erdbeermädchen Johanne. Der Klappentext und das Cover versprachen mir eine romantische, wenn auch vielleicht tragische Liebesgeschichte, doch was ich bekommen habe, war sehr viel mehr. Zusätzlich muss ich gestehen, dass ich als Liebhaberin der Impressionisten (schon als Kind war ich von Monets Werken verzaubert) noch nie sonderlich viel mit Expressionismus anfangen konnte, we ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up in Waterstones when I was just looking around and read the blurb and it sounded good then I read the extract on the back and I fell in love. I want everyone to read it because it was amazing. I decided that I had to read it because if the whole book was a good as the extract it was going to be amazing and it was. I loved how it was written and I truly fell in love with the characters and their struggles. The journeys that all the characters go on are so different yet so intertwi ...more
Janet Whitehead
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Strawberry Girl by Lisa Stromme is going to be an all time favourite forever. The story is enchanting and I was captured from the start as I immersed myself in the emotionally charged lives of Johanne, Tulik and Edvard Munch. Lisa's writing style is one of the rare styles that has me fascinated with each sentence, often in awe at its brilliance.
There are so many layers of interest tucked inside. The connection to Edvard Munch's infamous painting, The Scream, immediately creates an interest,
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

I dont normally review a book by starting at the end, but when you reach the conclusion of the story, there is a chapter which explains the basis for the book, the facts about the painter and his connections with the local people. I thought that this was really fascinating and although the book is a work of fiction it is based around some of these details. The book is mainly a love story, which is fast moving and quite enchanting, it is based in Norway and
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