The Cold Song

The Cold Song

eBook - 2014 | Unabridged
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Ullmann's characters are complex and paradoxical: neither fully guilty nor fully innocent Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer's block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri's stylish and unforgiving mother. Siri and Jon's marriage is loving but difficult, and troubled by painful secrets. They have a strained relationship with their elder daughter, Alma, who struggles to find her place in the family constellation. When Milla is hired as a nanny to allow Siri to work her long hours at the restaurant and Jon to supposedly meet the deadline on his book, life in the idyllic summer community takes a dire turn. One rainy July night, Milla disappears without a trace. After her remains are discovered and a suspect is identified, everyone who had any connection with her feels implicated in her tragedy and haunted by what they could have done to prevent it. The Cold Song is a story about telling stories and about how life is continually invented and reinvented.
Publisher: New York, NY : Other Press, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781590516683
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Haveland, Barbara
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manoush Feb 14, 2015

A promising set-up for a novel but unfortunately not a well-executed book. There's lots of meandering description without any special insights, so the writing becomes repetitive and directionless. The interior states of the characters are rendered very well, especially Jon the writer who's severely blocked. But the whole just doesn't come together. The premise of the disappeared nanny ends up being a tease. All this novel does is portray a marriage in trouble and the ghosts cast by the past on the present, but without rendering these familiar themes in a fresh light or in noteworthy prose. A forgettable novel.

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