So I’ve had the cover photo of my new book pasted in the sidebar since last March, but as yet I haven’t written a proper post about it. I can’t say why, exactly … except maybe because I wrote about it on my other blog and felt it was kind of redundant to write about it here as well, and then I thought maybe I’ll just wait until it is out in bookstores here in Iceland and I can make a big announcement about that. Which would be … um, right about now. SO:
MY NEW BOOK IS OUT IN BOOKSTORES HERE IN ICELAND!
For anyone not quite in the loop, this is my first full-length novel [not counting the two that I have stuffed into boxes in the basement], and before I go further, I feel compelled to tell people that it is a) not crime fiction, and b) not a thriller. For some reason more than one person has mentioned that they were surprised that the book wasn’t crime fiction, and not a thriller. Could that be because just about every book written about Iceland these days is either crime fiction or a thriller? I do not know.
What I do know is that, while there is certainly nothing wrong with crime fiction and thrillers, I prefer books that are about people and relationships and feelings and all their complexities. So this book is about that.
To give a brief summary of the plot, we have an Icelandic woman, Frida, who returns home after 12 years away, with her husband, a British diplomat who has just been made Ambassador to Iceland. It is 2008, and the economic meltdown is about to hit … and of course, if you remember, there was a pretty f*cked up situation between Iceland and Britain at the time, I’ll say no more. As the economy begins to crumble, Frida’s marriage begins to unravel. The book is about her relationship with her husband, with a young man she meets on the West Fjords – and, not least, about her relationship with herself and her country. All of this is intertwined with – and mirrored by – the economic meltdown.
Since the book has been out for a while, a few peeps have managed to read it already. The feedback on Amazon has been fantastic, which makes me so happy. Truly.
There’s more, but I’ll stop because this is starting to sound like bragging.
Here in Iceland, Unraveled is available in print in most Eymundsson stores, both IÐA stores, and in Mál og menning on Laugavegur. It may take a few days for it to be in stock outside Reykjavík, but Eymundsson stores in Ísafjörður, Akureyri and at KEF airport should have it within the next week or so.
It is also available as an ebook in either Kindle or ePub formats, and in print through your nearest Amazon website. Full details here.
If you have a publication, either print or online, and would be interested in reviewing the book, please contact me.
Finally, I’m thinking of possibly, maybe doing a book signing/reading/general meetup here in Reykjavík soon. More details here or on the IWR Facebook page when those plans firm up. If that happens, I’d love to see you there.