Butterflies in November

Butterflies in November

Book - 2014
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* Long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 *

"I can't remember the last time I was so enchanted by a novel like I am by Butterflies in November . Zany, surprising, full of twists and turns, it left me breathless. I just love this book." --Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer

After a day of being dumped--twice--and accidentally killing a goose, a young woman yearns for a tropical vacation far from the chaos of her life. Instead, her plans are wrecked by her best friend's four-year-old deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when the boy chooses the winning numbers for a lottery ticket, the two of them set off on a road trip across Iceland with a glove compartment stuffed full of their jackpot earnings. Along the way, they encounter blacksand beaches, cucumber farms, lava fields, flocks of sheep, an Estonian choir, a falconer, a hitchhiker, and both of her exes desperate for another chance. What begins as a spontaneous adventure will unexpectedly and profoundly change the way she views her past and charts her future.

Butterflies in November is a blackly comic, charming, and uplifting tale of friends and lovers, motherhood, and self-discovery.
Publisher: New York :, Black Cat,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780802123183
Branch Call Number: F AUD
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 25, 2019

This was great! (Why the library listing uses author's first name instead of last name is a bit mystifying, but never mind that.) This novel is a great way to 'see' Iceland because it describes a trip on the Ring Road in the darkest of winter. A couple of times I thought, this would be great to read stoned, but then realized the idea occurred to me because reading it made me feel the same way it feels to be stoned; the randomness and abrupt turns and loose associations... I liked the smatterings of the mysterious back story from the narrator's past, and the hint that there may be a link between her occasional memories and her current quest. It bears re-reading to look deeper for those threads. I appreciated that global warming is a character in the story when they stop at the sheep farm. The male characters are pretty consistently weird, while Tumi, the young travelling companion, is lovely.

ontherideau Feb 04, 2016

Clever writing if you can stick with it, dead goose details killed the story for me.

Jan 03, 2015

Two narratives take place: an almost detached and stoic tale of events where the most emotional involvement seems to about how to present an accidental road-kill goose so the tread mark won't show (lots of rich sauce), and mild annoyance over an ex taking personal books in the divorce settlement.

Glimpses of a desperate past emotional trauma are written in italics. Some one else's story?

Around Iceland's Ring Road she heads, in the dark of winter, with a friend's fragile child and loads of lottery money in the glove compartment.

Clever writing worth reading.

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