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GREENLANDERS

Smiley, Jane.

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ISBN 10: 0394551206 / ISBN 13: 9780394551203
Published by Knopf., NY:, 1988
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Smiley. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 7251

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Title: GREENLANDERS

Publisher: Knopf., NY:

Publication Date: 1988

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Jane Smiley’s The Greenlanders is an enthralling novel in the epic tradition of the old Norse sagas.

Set in the fourteenth century in Europe’s most farflung outpost, a land of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains, The Greenlanders is the story of one family–proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable book. Jane Smiley takes us into this world of farmers, priests, and lawspeakers, of hunts and feasts and long-standing feuds, and by an act of literary magic, makes a remote time, place, and people not only real but dear to us.
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"Totally compelling...fsacinating....Sweeps the reader along...Jane Smiley is a true storyteller."
THE WASHINGTON POST
A magnificent novel of fourteenth-century Greenland, here is a rich and fascinating detail about the day-to-day lives--the joys and innumerble hardships--of a remarkable people. It is also the compelling story of one family--the proud land-owner Asgeir Gunnarsson, his daughter Margret, whose willfull independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile, and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable book. Echoing the simple power of the old Norse sagas, here is a novel that brings a remote civilization to life--and shows how it was very like our own.

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