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Burial Rites (Compact Disc)

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Staff Reviews

A stunning historical novel, set in 19th century Iceland about a woman accused of killing a cruel lover. 

The harsh setting, the intricate relationships and the gradual revelation of the truth blend to create a uniquely meaningful suspense.

Tom  at Books Inc. in The Marina

I adored this book and read it cover to cover in one sitting and when it was done I still wanted more.  Rarely is a debut novel this compelling.   Honest, unsettling and totally captivating, historical fiction should always been this good.

Margie at Books Inc. in SF


Indie Next List

September 2013
Set against the desolate fire-and-ice landscape of 19th century Iceland, Burial Rites is a brilliant, multifaceted novel that traverses dark psychological terrain while providing pitch-perfect historical detail. Debut author Hannah Kent is equally skilled at delving into the mind of Agnes Magnusdottir---a servant woman convicted of murder and condemned to beheading---as she is at rendering the domestic life of the poor farmers charged with sharing their tiny hovel with her, as there are no prisons in Iceland. At once a brooding morality tale and a ferocious page-turner, Burial Rites is the kind of novel that asks serious questions while always remaining superbly entertaining. -- Keaton Patterson, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX


A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

About the Author

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. BURIAL RITES is her first novel.

Product Details ISBN-10: 1619699796
ISBN-13: 9781619699793
Published: Little, Brown & Company, 09/10/2013
Language: English