A True Tale from the Land of Fire and Ice

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We can’t stop talking about Hannah Kent’s gripping debut novel BURIAL RITES, and we’re delighted to welcome her to Brazos Bookstore--all the way from Australia!--on April 14 to celebrate the novel’s paperback release. Set against the desolate fire-and-ice landscape of 19th century Iceland, BURIAL RITES is a brilliant, multifaceted novel that traverses dark psychological terrain while providing pitch-perfect historical detail. Kent is equally skilled at delving into the mind of Agnes Magnusdottir---a servant woman convicted of murder and condemned to beheading---as she is at rendering the domestic life of the poor farmers charged with sharing their tiny hovel with her, as there are no prisons in Iceland. At once a brooding morality tale and a ferocious page-turner, BURIAL RITES is the kind of novel that asks serious questions while always remaining superbly entertaining.

Hannah Kent first heard Agnes’ story on a student exchange trip to Iceland. Iceland’s darkly beautiful landscape and vital literary heritage inspired the then-teenage Kent, who struggled with parental expectations of choosing a “career” instead of pursuing her “hobby” of writing. One of Kent’s Icelandic teachers encouraged her to write, however, and after spending a year building a portfolio in Iceland, Kent returned home to Australia and submitted her portfolio to a creative writing program. She is now the co-founder and publishing director of KILL YOUR DARLINGS, one of Australia’s most vibrant literary magazines, and is completing her PhD in creative writing at Flinders University. BURIAL RITES won the 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

 

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ISBN: 9780316243926
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 1st, 2014

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