July Book Club: The Cold Song

Nordiska’s Book Club

To all of you who are new, welcome! Nordiska has launched its own book club for fellow Nordic reading enthusiasts to connect and be in community with one another virtually. We invite you to expand your Nordic reading repertoire and discuss a variety of written works with us the last Thursday of each month.

To returners, welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed last month’s adventure to Moomin Valley through the creative works of Tove Jansson. The adult fiction novel for July, The Cold Song, touches on more somber themes but promises a suspenseful Nordic Noir style mystery set on the Norwegian coast in, you guessed it, July.

July’s Pick: The Cold Song

Paradoxically set in an idyllic seaside town south of Oslo, The Cold Song (2014) by Norwegian author Linn Ullmann centers around the sudden disappearance of a nanny and uncovers a web of complex human emotions and relationships.

Synopsis:

Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer’s block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s stylish and unforgiving mother.

Siri and Jon’s marriage is loving but difficult, and troubled by painful secrets. They have a strained relationship with their elder daughter, Alma, who struggles to find her place in the family constellation. When Milla is hired as a nanny to allow Siri to work her long hours at the restaurant and Jon to supposedly meet the deadline on his book, life in the idyllic summer community takes a dire turn. One rainy July night, Milla disappears without a trace. After her remains are discovered and a suspect is identified, everyone who had any connection with her feels implicated in her tragedy and haunted by what they could have done to prevent it. The Cold Song is a story about telling stories and about how life is continually invented and reinvented.

Virtual Book Club Meeting Information

We will be meeting to discuss this suspenseful summer read on Thursday, July 28th at 6:00pm PST via Zoom. You can find the Zoom invitation link here to register for the meeting ahead of time and/or keep a look out on our social media sites for an invitation.

You can purchase your copy of The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann and translated into English by Barbara J. Haveland on Nordiska’s website by following the above links, or come and visit us in store in downtown Poulsbo. As a thank you for purchasing your book with us, Nordiska is offering a 15% discount on the book club pick of the month by using the code: bookclub22.

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I write for, edit and maintain this blog about celebrating and being inspired by Scandinavian cultures for the Nordiska store in Poulsbo, WA.

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