A Fist or a Heart
Book Feature - A Fist or a Heart
HBL Note: Kristín Eiríksdóttir is not new to writing - she is an award-winning Icelandic novelist. But this is her English-language debut and I am excited I was asked to help promote this debut novel! Plus, Iceland is a hot place to visit lately. I’ve had quite a few friends traveling there recently and posting some of the most amazing pictures. If any of you have plans to visit Iceland, this is the book you should take with you! Read all about it below.
From the publisher:
The past returns with a fury for a woman coming to terms with her life in this award-winning novel by an acclaimed Icelandic author making her English-language debut.
Elín Jónsdóttir lives an isolated existence in Reykjavík, Iceland, making props and prosthetics for theatrical productions and Nordic crime flicks. In her early seventies, she has recently become fascinated with another loner, Ellen Álfsdóttir, a sensitive young playwright and illegitimate daughter of a famous writer. The girl has aroused maternal feelings in Elín, but she has also stirred discomfiting memories long packed away. Because their paths have crossed before. One doesn’t remember. The other is about to forget.
Soon they’ll discover all they have in common: difficult childhoods, trauma, and being outliers who have found space to breathe in creative expression. Yet the more Elín tries to connect with the young woman and unbox painful memories, the more tenuous her grasp on reality becomes.
Winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize, A Fist or a Heart is a gripping, artfully interwoven novel of power, secrets, and isolation by one of the most bracing and original voices of the author’s generation.