In Karitas Untitled by Kristin Marja Baldursdottir, a widow with six children moves to a new town following her husband’s death and manages well. All of her children receive remarkable educations, even her youngest, Karitas, who studies art abroad. Despite being unlike her more conventional siblings, Karitas returns home to face an unconventional life, even as she is pulled into traditional roles again and again—as daughter, wife, mother—always striving to be true to herself and her art, struggling as a non-traditional woman in a very traditional society.
Although set in the twentieth century, Karitas’ story speaks to the trials of a modern woman as well—how to balance childcare and art, how to care for a home while your husband is absent, how to love a man who is bad for you but who says all the right things. No matter what time we live in, love and relationships and our calling in life are difficult, and her story reflects that of all women, past and present, Icelandic and beyond. It also reflects the female experience of bonding with other women in times of trouble to make it all work out, even if it means taking the long way around.
|Page Count||416 pages|
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