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Faroe Islands – Far Afield

Faroe Islands – Far Afield

Published April 21, 2009

In the early 1970s, Susanna Kaysen accompanied her then-husband Jonathan Wylie to live for a year in the village of Skopun in the Faroe Islands, where Wylie collected material for his Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard University. Her book Far Afield, published twenty years later, fictionalizes their experience, even going so far as to write herself out of it. Though the novel falls slightly short of classic status, it is easy to read and one of the most accessible portraits of Faroese life in English. Kaysen is best known for her subsequent book Girl, Interrupted, which was made into a movie starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. Wylie has also written several fine books about Faroese history and culture.
Get it from the Seltjarnarnes, Gerðuberg, and Seyðisfjörður public libraries, or for literally pennies at Amazon.com.

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