Children in Reindeer WoodsBook - 2012
After soldiers of an absurd and mysterious war decimate a rural "temporary home for children," and subsequently each other, the sole survivors—Billie, a feverishly imaginative 11-year-old girl, and Rafael, a defected and disturbed soldier—try to build a bucolic life in Icelandic poet, playwright, and visual artist Ã“marsdÃ?ttir's latest novel (after In and Out the Window). Along with a brood of chickens, a cat, and some quaintly lowing cows, Rafael and Billie are left to their own devices. As a result, the narrative arc is loose, but nonetheless engaging. Billie frequently recalls her absent parents and the camp's deceased caretakers, while Rafael strives to change his life, to become a farmer despite his self-defensive inclinations toward violence. Precocious Billie in her agreeable captivity takes a child's avid interest in her captor, whose fate she dreams she might fashion for the better, like the Barbie dolls she loves.
Publisher: Rochester, N.Y. : Open Letter, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FIC Kris
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 22 cm