Butterflies in November giveaway
The narrator’s story begins in her boyfriend's flat: she has just been dumped. Her lover insists this will be their last meeting. She returns home, to her husband, and discovers that he plans to divorce her. And that his mistress is expecting a child.
Accepting the impending divorce, shes moves into her office and dreams of travelling far away from the men who claim they don't want her, but who somehow keep finding excuses to appear in her life. Her holiday plans are wrecked however, when her heavily pregnant best friend Auður is hospitalised; as a favour she reluctantly agrees to look after Auður's deaf-mute son Tumi.
But a liberating surprise is to follow, when her and Tumi's shared lottery ticket nets them a prize of over forty million kroner, they make the obvious decision – to head off together on a road trip across Iceland. Along the way, they take in Estonian choirs, cucumber farming hotels, dead sheep, and any number of her exes desperate for another chance; with highly entertaining consequences.
Butterflies in November is at once light, comical and uniquely moving. It is a legacy of life's mistakes; a deliciously unaffected commentary on the nature of relationships and motherhood; a feast of dramatic, rough-hewn landscapes, succulent local delicacies and peculiar customs.
You will cry, you will laugh… and you will learn something new about the nature of love.
Extract from the book
About the author
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir is an internationally bestselling author and was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1958. She studied art history and art theory in Paris and is a lecturer in history of art at the University of Iceland and a director of the University of Iceland Art Collection.
The Greenhouse, published in 2007, won the DV Culture Award for literature and a women's literary prize in Iceland and received unanimous acclaim. Butterflies in November has already been translated into several languages, and the film rights bought: it will be shot in English with an international cast. Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir lives and works in Reykjavik.
Apply for a copy now, this giveaway closes 10am, 14 November 13
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