Burial Rites by Hannah Kent ---Northern Iceland in 1829 where Agnes Magnusdottir is condemed to death. Agnes is waiting out the months until her execution on a farm with a family. Based on a true story.
Hannah Kent: On Burial Rites, her first novel, and the imposter phenomenon
GENRE: Adult Fiction. Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál who cannot walk, or speak. Nóra seeks out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheál. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken...
Beautifully written, it reeks of authenticity. You get a real sense of how harsh and arbitrary life must have been in Iceland nearly 200 years ago. I agree with the attached review, though - the novel really sings when it's written in the voice of Agnes. The constant shift in person can be distracting.