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The Resource The American girl : a novel, Monika Fagerholm ; translated by Katarina E. Tucker

The American girl : a novel, Monika Fagerholm ; translated by Katarina E. Tucker

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The American girl : a novel
Title
The American girl
Title remainder
a novel
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Monika Fagerholm ; translated by Katarina E. Tucker
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Language
  • eng
  • swe
  • eng
Summary
Two lonely teenage girls, Sandra and Doris, develop a fast friendship as they become obsessed with the mystery surrounding the death of a young American girl in the swampy coastland outside of Helsinki
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Review
  • The author, a Finn who writes in Swedish, has won a clutch of important Scandinavian literary prizes; been hailed as a “genius” by at least one French critic; and compared with filmmaker David Lynch, which may give American readers some idea of what to expect from this sometimes creepy, sometimes baffling literary mystery that explores the death of an American girl near a coastal village in Finland. Was it a murder? An accidental death? Did it really happen? But the crux of the novel is the impact all this uncertainty will have on two story-hungry teenage girls who are the central figures in this landscape of loss, adolescent anomie, and occasional longueurs. Readers may be frustrated by the author’s oddly circular style of storytelling. Throughout her epically long novel, Fagerholm repeatedly and almost obsessively returns to the same character or incident, each time revealing a sliver of new information. Some will experience this as a kind of aesthetic accretion; others will feel nibbled to death by ducks. Still others, though, will find it fascinating, and oftentimes it is. And a good thing, too, since a second volume awaits publication. -- Cart, Michael (Reviewed 02-15-2010) (Booklist, vol 106, number , p)
  • This latest work by Fagerholm (Wonderful Women by the Sea ), set in the Swedish-speaking community of Finland, was a best seller in Sweden and won several literary prizes. While Scandinavian mysteries are now popular in the U.S. market, this is not a conventional mystery, though it does center on the drowning of a young American, Eddie de Wire, on the coast of Finland in 1969. The novel explores, from many directions, the effect of the American girl's death on the local youth at the time, particularly two troubled girls named Sandra and Doris. A reader in search of a straightforward, linear story might feel like someone lost in the woods who soon discovers that he or she has been going around in circles. VERDICT Fagerholm's use of words to conceal more than to reveal might appeal to those who are up for the challenge of interpreting this effusive yet oblique style of storytelling. Other readers can pass.—Leslie Patterson, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence --Leslie Patterson (Reviewed February 1, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 2, p56)
  • The death by drowning of the eponymous female during a visit to Finland in 1969 stirs up waves that flow through several lives for years thereafter, in this third novel from the popular European author. Fagerholm (Wonderful Women By the Sea, 1997) openly challenges readers with a 12-page overture that suggests the mysterious effect of itinerant Eddie de Wire (the deceased, who evokes memories of Andy Warhol's unstable "superstar" Edie Sedgwick) on the friendless adolescent boy Bengt (aka Bencku) who finds her body, and on two teenaged girls, Doris and Sandra. The latter two are for different reasons family-less, and are brought—ironically—together and pulled apart by the flickering, briefly glimpsed shadow of the improbably glamorous, albeit unquestionably seductive Eddie. Fagerholm's almost aggressively lyrical prose style (at least, as persuasively rendered by translator Tucker) feels forced at times, and her employment of fragmented narrative and time scheme, as well as multiple points of view, keeps the story at a distance from even the most willing reader. But there is much to admire here, including a precise, bitterly funny rendering of life in "The District," a posh coastal development near Helsinki, bordered on one side by ocean and on the other by marshlands which perhaps offer a gracious nod to Dickens's masterpiece Great Expectations—as does Fagerholm's piercing depiction of the awkward misfit Bencku's fervent yearnings to fit in, and belong. But the novel's center is rightly occupied by the duo of "knocked-about trash kid" Doris and emotionally frail, neurotic Sandra—and the lingering aftermath of their collusion, intimacy and estrangement. Fagerholm pointedly demonstrates that the cycle of hopefulness and disillusionment will embrace subsequent generations.A genuinely gripping, if demanding novel, the first of an announced two-volume work. Many readers will eagerly await this richly imagined story's continuation. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
343818
Cataloging source
DLC
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1961-
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Fagerholm, Monika
Dewey number
839.73/74
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Tucker, Katarina Emilie
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True
Series statement
End of the glitter stage
Series volume
0001
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  • Teenage girls
  • Death
  • Teenage girls
  • Adolescence
  • Teenage girls
  • Swamps
Label
The American girl : a novel, Monika Fagerholm ; translated by Katarina E. Tucker
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Publication
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 507 pages
Isbn
9781590513040
Isbn Type
(softcv.)
Lccn
2009041117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)368021679
  • ocn368021679
  • OCoLC
Label
The American girl : a novel, Monika Fagerholm ; translated by Katarina E. Tucker
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 507 pages
Isbn
9781590513040
Isbn Type
(softcv.)
Lccn
2009041117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)368021679
  • ocn368021679
  • OCoLC

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