After months of spending 8+ hours a day immersed in every detail of one book–its content, layouts, cover design, etc.–I decided to take a day off to recharge my batteries. I’d spent so long with one book that I barely had time to read anything else over the summer, so with my first bit of free time I surrounded myself with what I love best–books. I bought three new novels to sink my teeth into.
I enjoy a crime mystery now and again, and The Keeper of Lost Causes did not disappoint. Originally written in Danish, it follows the missing persons case of politician Merete Lynggaard as detective Carl Morck and his assistant Assad work to solve a case that was hopelessly bungled when it was first investigated.
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What attracted me to this book was the jacket copy. Before I wake is the story of a family whose young daughter is rendered brain dead by a hit-and-run accident. Her parents eventually decide to take her off life support, but their daughter does not die–and neither does she wake. I’m fascinated with end-of-life issues and moral dilemmas, and am excited to see how Wiersema handles these emotionally-charged questions.
I saw this book when I was in New York and was very intrigued, but the price of the paperback turned me off. I was very pleased to find it on sale, and can’t wait to get started on this book about “loneliness, love, and the weight of childhood experience.” Also in translation, it won Italy’s most prestigious literary award, the Premio Strega.