Synopses & Reviews
At fifteen, Georg comes upon a letter written to him by his dying father, to be read when he comes of age. Their two voices make a fascinating dialogue as Georg comes to know the father he can barely remember, then is challenged by him to answer some profound questions. The central mystery of The Orange Girl is the story of an elusive young woman for whom Georg's father searches in Oslo and Seville and whom Georg finally realizes is his mother. A thought-provoking fairy-tale romance imbued with the sense of awe and wonder that is Jostein Gaarder's hallmark. Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder, whose novel Sophie's World was a best-seller in forty countries, is also the author of The Ringmaster's Daughter, Maya, The Solitaire Mystery, and The Christmas Mystery.
"The Norwegian author of Sophie's World...pops a Big Question here, but the leisurely way he prepares readers for it may lose most of them....He closes with his Answer; readers who get that far will be left to mull over their own." School Library Journal
"[A] modern fairy tale. Gaarder takes the most ordinary happenings and writes about them in a magical way, creating a truly refreshing tale." Children's Literature
"The novel is more about contemplating questions about life than answering them. Set in Norway, with references to people, places and events there and in Europe, the novel is translated into British English and some vocabulary may be quirky for the average American reader." KLIATT
About the Author
Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway. He received the Norwegian Literary Critics' Award and the Ministry of Cultural and Scientific Affairs' Literary Prize. He has taught high school philosophy for 11 years, he is now a full-time writer.