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This enthralling epic tale, written in the tradition of the old Norse sagas, takes us to fourteenth-century Greenland—a farflung place of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains. This is the story of one family: proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable book. Jane Smiley immerses us in this world of farmers, priests, and lawspeakers, of hunts and feasts and long-standing feuds, and by an act of literary magic, makes a remote time, place, and people not only real but dear to us.
From Publishers Weekly
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I spent years listening to my dad rave about this book. I just finished it and now I will rave about it. Jane Smiley is one of the greatest writer/ story tellers alive! Amazing story, beautifully told. She makes you a contemporary of 15 th century Greenlanders and
You get to know them so well.