How do you win a game of 'die, pray, or marry' that you're not allowed to play?
Iceland, 1920. Gunnar, a hermit blacksmith, dwells with his animals, darkness, and moonshine. The last thing he wants is an injured lodger, but his money may change Gunnar's life. So might the stranger's story - by ending it. That is, unless an unwanted marriage, God's messengers' sudden interest, an obnoxious elf, or his doctor's guilt derail the narrative. Or will the demons from Gunnar's past cut all the stories short?
Side effects of too much truth include death, but one's true story is another's game of lies. With so many eager to write his final chapter, can Gunnar find his own happy ending?
Bj rn Larssen's award-winning novel is an otherworldly, emotive Icelandic saga - a story of love and loneliness, relief and suffering, hatred... and hope.
""These strange, sad, funny, murderous people will stay with me for a long time." - Annie Whitehead, author of The Sins of the Father
Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Award - Finalist
Readers' Favorite Gold Medal - Historical Fiction
Discovered Diamond - Winner
Note: British English conventions, spelling, and grammar were used in this book.
The author is an ex-blacksmith, lover of all things Icelandic, physically located in Amsterdam, spiritually living in a log cabin near Akureyri. He has published stories and essays in Polish and American magazines, both online and in print. This is his first novel.
"A truly remarkable debut - wonderful storytelling [...] I felt throughout that I was in a safe pair of hands and just sat back and enjoyed the story, happy to let the author take me wherever he wanted to go. Highly recommended." - Debbie Young, author of Springtime For Murder
"Yes, I got a little bit of mystery with a little bit of magic, followed by INSANE, jaw-dropping revelations. But at its heart, Storytellers is a tale of evading the darkness, bearing with the pain of tragedy, and living to see the sun rise another day." - Justine Bergman
"The book was reminiscent of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant, in both theme and mood. [...] It isn't always the easiest read, but it's not a book I'm going to forget easily, either." - Marian L. Thorpe, author of Empire's Daughter
"I loved this book - it was a delight to read, an unusual debut novel by a writer with much talent. [...] This a work of literary art that I recommend most highly; Bjørn Larssen is, indeed, an Icelandic storyteller." - Terry Tyler, author of Legacy