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When We Were Vikings

by Andrew David MacDonald

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When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald
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    Jan 2020, 336 pages

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Andrew David MacDonald's debut, When We Were Vikings, is a winning coming-of-age novel featuring a heroine who just happens to have a cognitive impairment.

In When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald, readers are first introduced to Zelda on her twenty-first birthday. She almost immediately informs us that her father departed just after she was born; that her mother drank heavily while pregnant with her, thereby affecting her cognitive development; and that she lives with her older brother Gert, who loves her and takes care of her. She is also obsessed with Vikings, to the point where she can speak Old Norse and quote verbatim from Kepple's Guide to the Vikings. Aware of Zelda's passion, her developmental psychologist gives her an article about an ancient skeleton long thought to be that of a Viking warrior, which turned out to be female. While this is meant to inspire her to live her own life and not be so dependent on Gert—to create her own "saga"—she takes it a bit farther, deciding to become a modern-day Viking warrior...

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