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Desirée lies in a hospital bed thinking, dreaming. Born severely disabled, she cannot walk or talk, but she has other capabilities. Desirée is an April witch, clairvoyant and omniscient, traveling through time and space into the world denied her.

The woman who gave Desirée up at birth subsequently took in three foster daughters, who know nothing of the existence of their fourth “sister.” Sensing that her own time is short, Desirée has decided that one of the others has lived the life she herself deserved. One day, each of the three women receives a mysterious letter that forces her to examine her past and her present—setting in motion a complex fugue of memory, regret, and confrontation that builds to a shattering climax.

April Witch created a furor upon its original publication in Sweden. Addressing themes of mother-daughter relationships, competition between women, and the failures of Sweden’s postwar welfare state, it is foremost a thrillingly written and fascinating story.

Review:

"A blockbuster, enlivened by rich characterization and irresistible narrative drive. Not to be missed." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"With compassion and honesty, Axelsson examines the power of memory, the pain of regret, the need to belong, and the disappointment inherent in longing for a life that is not one's own." Carolyn Kubisz, Booklist

Synopsis:

Desiree is an April witch, clairvoyant and omniscient, traveling through time and space into the world denied her. April Witch created a furor upon its original publication in Sweden. Addressing themes of mother-daughter relationships, competition between women, and the failures of Sweden's postwar welfare state, it is a thrillingly written and fascinating story.

Synopsis:

Desiree lies in a hospital bed thinking, dreaming. One of the children born severely disabled in 1950s Sweden and then routinely institutionalized for life — and one of a very few to survive to the century's end — she cannot walk or talk, but she has other capabilities. Desiree is an April witch, clairvoyant and omniscient, traveling through time and space into the world denied her.

April Witch created a furor upon its original publication in Sweden. Addressing themes of mother-daughter relationships, competition between women, and the failures of Sweden's postwar welfare state, it is foremost a thrillingly written and fascinating story.

About the Author

Majgull Axelsson is the author of four works of nonfiction as well as one previous novel, Far from Nifelheim, for which she was awarded the 1994 Moa Stipend. The 1997 publication of April Witch in Sweden earned her the prestigious August Prize. She is married, has two children, and lives in Stockholm.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812966886
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Author:
Axelsson, Majgull
Subject:
General
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
European - Scandinavian
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Sweden
Subject:
Foster parents
Subject:
People with disabilities
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Rh Trade Pbk
Series Volume:
2002-04
Publication Date:
March 11, 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.12x5.22x.92 in. .69 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Western Europe

April Witch
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Product details 432 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812966886 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A blockbuster, enlivened by rich characterization and irresistible narrative drive. Not to be missed."
"Review" by , "With compassion and honesty, Axelsson examines the power of memory, the pain of regret, the need to belong, and the disappointment inherent in longing for a life that is not one's own."
"Synopsis" by , Desiree is an April witch, clairvoyant and omniscient, traveling through time and space into the world denied her. April Witch created a furor upon its original publication in Sweden. Addressing themes of mother-daughter relationships, competition between women, and the failures of Sweden's postwar welfare state, it is a thrillingly written and fascinating story.
"Synopsis" by , Desiree lies in a hospital bed thinking, dreaming. One of the children born severely disabled in 1950s Sweden and then routinely institutionalized for life — and one of a very few to survive to the century's end — she cannot walk or talk, but she has other capabilities. Desiree is an April witch, clairvoyant and omniscient, traveling through time and space into the world denied her.

April Witch created a furor upon its original publication in Sweden. Addressing themes of mother-daughter relationships, competition between women, and the failures of Sweden's postwar welfare state, it is foremost a thrillingly written and fascinating story.

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