"The most powerful words in the English language are 'tell me a story.'"---Pat Conroy
From Sigga of Reykjavik
"I was in the shed shoveling cow dung. When I heard the new calf bawl for its mother, I entered its dark pen, placed my arms under its soft belly, buried my nose in its spicy smell, and raised it off the ground. When I set it down, it nuzzled me. I rubbed the strings of saliva into my sweater, so Mama wouldn't notice. She didn't like the lifting, didn't believe I needed to build my strength to defend against the men on the farm. I was ten years old, but one day I'd be Sigga the Strong and break somebody's jaw."
---pg. 1, Sigga of Reykjavik
"I left [Bergthora] to soak and began cleaning a fish for dinner. I fried onions and placed the fish in the pan. When something bubbled in the tub, I looked up. Bergthora was no longer visible. She had disappeared below the surface. I gripped her shoulders, pulled her up, and slapped both of her cheeks. 'You almost died,' I said angrily....She shook the water from her ears. 'I was just resting.'"
---pp. 100-101, Sigga of Reykjavik
"With my arms full of seaweed, I approached the lumpy sandbag fort the Americans had built to guard the fjord against German invasion. Incredible. Why would Germans come into the fjord? I passed the fort as close as I dared. I probably smelled like smoked lamb. But men liked the smell of meat, I told myself."
---pg. 208, Sigga of Reykjavik
SEAL WOMAN. Charlotte is the seal woman, a creature of two worlds, Iceland and Germany. Memories of her Jewish first husband Max and their daughter--whose fate remains unresolved--haunt her every day existence and threaten to eclipse the reality of two young sons, a farmer husband, a cow to milk and a shed to clean out.
"In this fierce and poignant novel, Solveig Eggerz deftly transports her readers between Germany and Iceland as her heroine struggles to come to terms with her past and present."
--Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street
"Solveig Eggerz takes us to a littoral world where ancient legend touches everyday life as surely and constantly as the North Sea meets the East Coast of Iceland."
--Dan Yashinsky, author of Suddenly They Heard Footsteps:Storytelling for the Twenty-First Century
"I found this book almost impossible to put down; Charlotte's secrets will haunt you for a long time."
--Robert Bausch, author of Out of Season
"The blend of knowledge about Berlin during the war with rural life in Iceland and with the development of Charlotte is intriguing, gripping, thought provoking."
--Dorothy U. Seyler, author of Read, Write, and Reason
"Set in the tough but beautiful landscape of Iceland, a wonderfully written story about the triumph of love, strength, and art over crippling loss."
--Barbara Esstman, author of A More Perfect Union