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Because Venus Crossed an Alpine Violet on the Day that I Was Born

Mona Høvring

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KALLIOPE'S PICK

Every sentence in this beautiful little book is unexpected, but familiar. My favourite part: "I normally prefer to keep quiet. When my tongue loosened, there was a danger that my voice would start to glow with enthusiasm, and before I knew it, I sounded like an excited child." (83) - KM

Translated by Kari Dickson and Rachel Rankin

In a hotel, high up in a mountain village, two sisters aim to reconnect after distant years that contrast their close, almost twin-like upbringing. Martha has just been discharged from a sanatorium after a mental breakdown. Ella agrees to keep her company in the hope that the clean winter air will provide clarity—and a way back to their childhood connection.

It's only when plans go awry, and Martha disappears in a rage, that Ella discovers a new sense of self outside her filial role. This identity is reinforced by various encounters: the hotel receptionist who takes her under her wing; the enigmatic love interest; the wistful, drunken Salvation Army soldier; the carpenter. And not least, Ella's encounter with the writings of Stefan Zweig, which have a profound impact.

Mona Høvring's award-winning novel Because Venus Crossed an Alpine on the Day that I Was Born is as sharp as it sensitive; insightful as it is original when exploring the many distractions of the heart.

Paperback ||  140 pages || 5.25" x 8.00" || Book*hug Press