The Tricking of Freya


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St. Martins Press-3PL
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

CHRISTINA SUNLEY grew up hearing stories about her Icelandic grandparents and the massive emigration that followed a 19th century volcanic eruption. She has visited Iceland for extended stays to research and write this novel. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and she has taught memoir writing and fiction at universities. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area.


"Packed with delectable relationships and family secrets . . . We come away charmed, moved, and larger within, having toured a hidden world with a passionate guide." --Joan Frank, San Francisco Chronicle

"An intricate family travelogue...This grand coming-of-age-novel boasts a dynamic set of characters and a rich bank of cultural and personal lore, making this dark, cold family tale a surprisingly lush experience." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Sparkles with the author's love of language and of her own Icelandic culture. The book's masterfully told final mysteries reveal themselves as magically as darkroom images appearing under the light." --More magazine

"An impressive debut . . . This novel works on several levels: as a drama of family dynamics; as an immigrant story; and as a showcase for the author's broad and deep knowledge of Iceland." --Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times

"An excellent debut . . . If all you know about Iceland is failed banks and Bjork, this is a highly readable introduction." --Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor

"[An] amazing debut...Like the famed poet within, Sunley's writing is truly poetic. She brings here settings alive in a way that will make you believe that you have been there and experienced it all yourself."

"Epic... Sunley's research shines through in a story in which the landscape of Iceland is as much a character as Freya, making this an exceptional and unique coming-of-age novel. " --Washington State Journal

"Irresistible...smoldering emotions in a cold climate." --Telegraph Herald