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Audur Ava Olafsdottir 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.
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December 2013 Book of the Month. A captivatingly different, quirky read run through with wit, dark comedy and Icelandic culture. Butterflies in November tells the story of a highly unusual road trip round Iceland driven by a need for escape and fueled by a lottery win involving a recent divorcee and the deaf-mute son of her best friend. The journey changes them both. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Butterflies In November a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This is a stunning story that holds you captive with its gentle intrigue and humour. A delightful, quirky book that you will love.' - Julie Bickerdyke. Scroll down to read more reviews. A Piece of Passion from the Publisher... 'I am delighted to share with you an extraordinary darkly comic book. Butterflies in November is the second novel published in English by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, an award-winning and internationally bestselling author from Iceland. You discover the narrator’s uniquely witty and deeply moving writing style in the very first pages. 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. 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. The story follows the turns of the narrow roads of Iceland and goes on to a sequence of unexpected events, both dramatic and comic. Underneath this unlikely but perfectly believable journey however, stir the more serious undercurrents of unwanted motherhood, relationships and the legacy of life’s mistakes, leaving the reader constantly between tears and laughter. And I am not the only fan of this book! The films rights have just been bought by a group of American, Icelandic and French producers and the books rights have been sold into 6 languages, including France and Germany, where Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir is a bestselling author. I do hope you will love this book as much as I do.'Stephanie Seegmuller, Pushkin Press