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A Blessed Child

by Linn Ullmann

A Blessed Child by Linn Ullmann
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2008
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Every summer Isak Lövenstad gathers his three daughters by different wives to the windswept Baltic island of Hammarsö. Here Erika, Laura, and Molly know, if only for the season, what it is to be a family, and here, in the society of children, each undergoes the rites of growing up. Though many alliances form and dissolve, none compares to Erika’s bond with the rebellious misfit Ragnar, the intensity of which makes them inseparable. But when they reach the age of fourteen and their relationship threatens to relegate Erika to Ragnar’s outcast state, she suddenly turns away—a common enough teenage betrayal that nonetheless precipitates an incident of such senseless cruelty as to forever alter Isak’s family.

Twenty-five years later, returning to Hammarsö to see their father—now eighty, a bereaved widower, and in year-round exile there—the three women confront, finally, the specter of that awful summer, the mark of which each has since carried.

Bold and starkly beautiful, A Blessed Child is a haunting parable of innocence lost.

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"While the book's tonal coolness won't be for everyone, the observations of teen life are exceptional, and Ullmann successfully mines the traumas of youth for powerful adult emotions." - Publishers Weekly.

"A novel of stark beauty that leaves moral issues tantalizingly open." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Ullmann is also the author of Stella Descending and Grace. The Blessed Child is translated by Sarah Death. She is the daughter of film director Ingmar Bergman and actress Liv Ullmann.

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