Ten White Geese: Book summary and reviews of Ten White Geese by Gerbrand Bakker

Ten White Geese

A Novel

by Gerbrand Bakker

Ten White Geese
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2013
    240 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Ten White Geese is the eagerly anticipated, internationally bestselling new novel by the winner of the world's richest literary prize for a single work of fiction.

A woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales. She says her name is Emilie. An Emily Dickinson scholar, she has fled Amsterdam, having just confessed to an affair. On the farm she finds ten geese. One by one they disappear. Who is this woman? Will her husband manage to find her? The young man who stays the night: why won't he leave? And the vanishing geese?

Set against a stark and pristine landscape, and with a seductive blend of solace and menace, this novel of stealth intrigue summons from a woman's silent longing fugitive moments of profound beauty and compassion.

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"Starred Review. Bakker's spare prose gradually builds a sense of urgency beneath this haunting novel's deceptively placid surface." - Publishers Weekly

"In stark but lyrical prose, Bakker explores themes of both isolation and intimacy." - Kirkus Reviews

"A beautiful, oddly moving work of fiction, a quiet read that lingers long in the mind, like the ghosts that linger in our homes, and in the land around us...Assured and mature...Even more powerful [than The Twin]." - The Guardian (UK)

"Simple and devastating...Written and translated with lapidary precision, perspective, and crisp prose; there is emotion and expression, but held back from the writing, which is controlled and full of clean, physical detail." - The Independent (UK)

"A novel full of hints and mysteries [that] will almost certainly keep you rooted to your chair until the dénouement." - The Spectator (UK)

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Gerbrand Bakker won the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his first novel, The Twin. An avid gardener, he lives in Holland.

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