"The most powerful words in the English language are 'tell me a story.'"---Pat Conroy
A seal woman is a person of dual consciousness, someone who grew up in several countries, always aware of the home country, the place of "belonging," the place that lives in the heart but remains unattainable. The seal woman teeters between Now and Then and Here and There. It has been my experience.
Where do oral stories and written ones intersect? Interview on Writing Memoir
Storyteller Ellouise Schoettler interviews Solveig about discovering our life stories, MMCTV.
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."
"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