author Linn Ullmann’s fifth novel tells the story of a family who when faced
with tragedy must confront their guilt, their longings, and their losses.
Siri Brodal, a chef and
restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by
writer’s block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their
summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s
stylish and unforgiving mother.
Siri and Jon’s marriage is
loving but difficult, and troubled by painful secrets. They have a strained
relationship with their elder daughter, Alma, who struggles to find her place
in the family constellation. When Milla is hired as a nanny to allow Siri to
work her long hours at the restaurant and Jon to supposedly meet the deadline
on his book, life in the idyllic summer community takes a dire turn. One rainy
July night, Milla disappears without a trace. After her remains are discovered
and a suspect is identified, everyone who had any connection with her feels
implicated in her tragedy and haunted by what they could have done to prevent
The Cold Song is a
story about telling stories and about how life is continually invented and
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