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review: Burial Rites

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent This story opens on a small family farm in Northern Iceland with two sisters receiving the news that their household was chosen to retain a young woman who had recently been convicted of murder. When Agnes Magnúsdóttir arrived filthy and starved, everyone in the family and neighboring farms were repulsed by merely the thought of being near her. But when a young assistant reverend begins visiting and engages Agnes in speaking of her past, an unlikely understanding slowly develops with those closest to her. The outcome of this story is known beforehand–both because it’s a well-known historical case in Iceland, and because it’s relayed in the official book description. The telling of the story, however, is where the intrigue lies….

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