By Solveig Eggerz
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Published: June 29, 2011
Words: 73,618 (approximate)
Seal Woman is based on the documented migration of 314 Germans from post- World War II Germany to work on Icelandic farms. The main character, Charlotte, tries to start a new life, but the ghosts of her past haunt her—especially that of her deported husband and misplaced child. Memories threaten her marriage to a silent farmer as Charlotte struggles to survive and to heal.
Seal Woman is based on the documented migration of 314 Germans from post- World War II Germany to work on Icelandic farms. The main character, Charlotte, is reminiscent of the legendary seal woman, who must choose between two worlds—the land and the sea, the past and the present.
Haunted by the ghosts of her past life in Berlin, Charlotte struggles to stay rooted in the life of the farm with her silent farmer husband and her “new” children. Memories of the turbulent Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust interrupt her daily farm tasks. Driving the story are two questions: Will Charlotte survive her inner struggle? Will she discover the fate of her lost and misplaced loved ones? Set in Iceland, Germany, and Poland from 1928 to 1959, this is historical fiction as well as a psychological novel, depicting an inner struggle for survival as well as the paths to healing.
world war ii
, psychological fiction
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