by Hannah Kent
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Inspired by a true story, Hannah Kent Rites of Burial was a finalist for The Baileys Women’s Fiction Award, The Guardian First Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.In Northern Iceland, 1829, Agnès Magnusdottir is sentenced to death for her role in the brutal murder of her lover.Agnes is sent to wait his last few months at Jon Jon Jonsson’s district farm, his wife and their two daughtersHorrified to have a convicted murderer in their community, the family, avoid contact with AgnesOnly Toti, the young assistant of the priest named Agnes, spiritual guardian, is forced to try to understand it.As the year progresses and the hardships of the rural life of the family’s strength to work side-by-side, Agnes story begins to emerge and, with her, the family is awesome realizing that not everything is as they assumed it was.Based on real events, Rites of Burial is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and how we interpret what we are told.In the beautiful, prose glass cutter, Hannah Kent depicts Iceland’s amazing landscape, in which every day is a fight for survival, and asks, how can one hope woman to bear when her life rests on the stories told by othersFuneral Rites is perfect for fans of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan.
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