Who am I?
Why did Charlotte love this book?
I loved this book for very personal reasons. I am Swedish, born on Sámi land (problematically still called Lappland). I am not Sámi. The Sámi people are Europe’s only indigenous group.
This lyrical book shines a light on some deep history, while also being a crazy good love story (and who doesn’t love that?). Here is a summary, which I admit that I cribbed straight from the publisher’s site (Macmillan). I loved this book for its characters and its plot. It will take you someplace you have never been before, and will inform what you might think about this region today.
In 1851, at a remote village in the Scandinavian tundra, a Lutheran minister known as Mad Lasse tries in vain to convert the native Sámi reindeer herders to his faith. But when one of the most respected herders has a dramatic awakening and dedicates his life to the church,…