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The Field Is White: A Novel

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Fiction. John Eliason is a young Mormon missionary from Alberta about to return home after two years in Sweden. When his only convert dies, John's last duty is to visit the estranged family to make funeral arrangements. As the snow strands him in the countryside, tensions rise and family secrets are uncovered. The story unfolds through letters, journal entries, flashbacks, ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published October 9th 2017 by Kernpunkt Press
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Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonder this novel is. It’s tender, humane, and moving in its treatment of its fascinating cast of characters. It’s also a compassionate meditation on time and fate that could have come from Camus or Sartre, or Ingmar Bergman. Akebrand’s style is sharp and scintillating. Every sentence is carefully produced as if through the acute handiwork of a watchmaker. Her poetic, elliptical pages are reminiscent of Michael Ondaatje’s early books. Often, I had to step away from the plot, which unfolds ...more
Emily Craig
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Äkebrand is brilliant with words and creating images and feelings. She recognizes meaning in everyday interactions and scenes that make me marvel. This novel is a poem that doesn’t underestimate its audience.
Evan Pritchard
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is far too good to have so few reviews.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel... I don't know how to explain or recommend it, but I did enjoy it. The language is lovely, quiet, deliberate, moves so slowly, demands that you savor it. The setting of this novel is king. The snow throughout gives the book a very delicate, intimate, muted quality.

But that same muted quality makes me unsure how to rate this novel. The story is less of a plot and more of an impression. I'm not sure if I consider that a strength or a weakness for this book. Because I like the writing
Liz Busby
Jul 03, 2021 rated it liked it
A blend of poetry and prose, told in fragmented bits of narrative you have to put together like a puzzle. I think it would be best if you could read the whole thing over a day or two. Trying to read it in little bits at bedtime made it very confusing to me. Poetry is not really my jam, but this seemed fine to me. DNF'd at 60% ish because I wasn't getting much out of it, but would be willing to try again. ...more
Jesi Bender
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and subtle
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