"Thoughtful and fun . . . a novel of surprising tension and tenderness." --"Kirkus Reviews" "A funny and bizarre travelog of Iceland's unique culture and landscape . . . give in to the quirky spirit of the book." --"Library Journal" "Olafsdottir has created a singular heroine in "Butterflies in November" unafraid, unapologetic and also unforgettable. When she enters a lottery, she wins it. When she has sex with the wrong man, she gets back into her car and keeps on driving. I loved her and this quirky, enticing novel that never stopped surprising." --Marcy Dermansky, author of "Twins" and "Bad Marie" "Authentic. The story explores what freedom really means when romantic and familial bonds are pushed aside." --"Publishers Weekly" "A bright and blissful journey into the darkest month in Iceland. Olafsdottir repeatedly smashes our idea of the everyday, only to sew it back together in a magically surprising and beautiful embroidery. A highly original and very charming novel." --Hallgrimur Helgason, author of "The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning" "A funny, moving, and occasionally bizarre exploration of life's upheavals and reversals." --"Financial Times " "[An] evocative, humorous novel. . . . The beguiling imagery captures the fragile and fleeting beauty of those loved and lost, as well as the possibilities of self reinvention; of shedding skins, growing wings." --"Observer" "A whimsical Icelandic journey. . . . There are moving moments of sadness and hilarity . . . and Olafsdottir shows a rare ability to write a serious and convincing small child; the boy's flowering relationship with his clueless foster-carer is beautifully handled." --"Guardian" "[A] super talented writer. . . brilliantly written . . . quirky, fun, adorable and bizarre. You'll savor each page of this book." --"Company" (one of Five Female Authors You Need to Know)
A hilarious and moving road trip around Iceland in an old car, told by a recently divorced woman with a five year-old boy 'on loan'
After a day of being dumped - twice - and accidentally killing a goose, the narrator begins to dream of tropical holidays far away from the chaos of her current life. instead, she finds her plans wrecked by her best friend's deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when a shared lottery ticket nets the two of them over 40 million kroner, she and the boy head off on a road trip across iceland, taking in cucumber-farming hotels, dead sheep, and any number of her exes desperate for another chance. Blackly comic and uniquely moving, Butterflies in November is an extraordinary, hilarious tale of motherhood, relationships and the legacy of life's mistakes.
Auður Ava Olafsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris and has lectured in History of Art at the University of Iceland. Her earlier novel, The Greenhouse (2007), won the DV Culture Award for literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.
"Quirky and poetic, everything is there... An extraordinary novelist" Madame Figaro
"A poetic and sensory narrative" El País