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Sonata for Miriam by Linda Olsson

March 31st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Gabrielle at Penguin Publicity for the opportunity to review this book!

I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Description from Linda Olsson’s first novel, Astrid & Veronika, introduced readers to her gorgeous prose, and her extraordinary understanding of human relationships. With her second novel, she once again charts that terrain in a novel that also explores the significant impact of history on individual lives. In Sonata for Miriam, two events occur that will change composer Adam Anker’s life forever. Embarking on a journey that ranges from New Zealand to Poland, and then Sweden, Anker not only uncovers his parents’ true fate during World War II, but he also finally faces the consequences of an impossible choice he was forced to make twenty years before-a choice that changed the trajectory of his life.

This book follows Adam as he seeks answers to his past and find out who his parents were as well as how he came to be a single parent of his daughter Miriam.  This book was a pleasure to read as you slowly peel back the layers of Adam’s history  but at certain transitions I was a little confused as to what was going on.

For the most part the book works its way backwards through Adam’s memories until the very end when Adam’s journey concludes.  You know that Adam’s daughter, Miriam, dies but not how.  That is actually not revealed almost to the end of the book.  You also do not find out who the mother of Miriam is until a good while into the book.  There were several surprises.  I was shocked by the ultimatum that Adam’s true love issues him and who Adam’s real mother was and how he ended up with the woman he had thought was his birth mother.  If you want to know the truth you have to pick up the book!

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