By Greta Michaels, Library Committee
Originally published in the January 2020 issue of the 1666 Coffman Newsletter
This gracious and subtle narrative is related to a series of letters between an English farmer’s wife, Tina, and Anders, the curator at the Danish museum where there is an Iron Age man found in 1960. The specimen, the Tolland Man, is well preserved with a serene expression on his face.
Tina has written to find out about visiting the museum to see Tolland Man; Anders replies with information and indicates he has recently lost his wife. Both writers are at the time in life when more is behind than ahead. The correspondence continues, but the reader is left to imagine how the complications that have developed will play out.
The author, Anne Youngson, is a seventy-two-year-old who worked in the British auto industry until her retirement. Ms. Youngson, an English major at university, had always intended to write. This novel, her debut, has won wide acclaim.
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