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May 2024: The Greenlanders

The Greenlanders

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

Fiction suggested by Shirley

14th century Greenland, a proud landowner, his willful daughter, his knowledge seeking son, and a world of farmers, priests, hunts and feasts, and long feuds.

from Amazon – an enthralling epic tale, written in the tradition of the old Norse sagas, that takes us to fourteenth-century Greenland and tells the story of a proud landowner and his unforgettable family.

Jane Smiley brings us to a farflung place of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains. This is the story of one family: proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable book. 

Jane Smiley immerses us in this world of farmers, priests, and lawspeakers, of hunts and feasts and long-standing feuds, and by an act of literary magic, makes a remote time, place, and people not only real but dear to us.