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A Fist or a Heart

(2019)
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The past returns with a fury for a woman coming to terms with her life in this award-winning novel by an acclaimed Icelandic author making her English-language debut.

Elin Jonsdottir lives an isolated existence in Reykjavik, Iceland, making props and prosthetics for theatrical productions and Nordic crime flicks. In her early seventies, she has recently become fascinated with another loner, Ellen Alfsdottir, a sensitive young playwright and illegitimate daughter of a famous writer. The girl has aroused maternal feelings in Elin, but she has also stirred discomfiting memories long packed away. Because their paths have crossed before. One doesn't remember. The other is about to forget.

Soon they'll discover all they have in common: difficult childhoods, trauma, and being outliers who have found space to breathe in creative expression. Yet the more Elin tries to connect with the young woman and unbox painful memories, the more tenuous her grasp on reality becomes.

Winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize, A Fist or a Heart is a gripping, artfully interwoven novel of power, secrets, and isolation by one of the most bracing and original voices of the author's generation.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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September 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Fist or a Heart
Author(s): Kristin Eiriksdottir
ISBN: 1-5420-4403-0 / 978-1-5420-4403-5 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Fist or a Heart
Author(s): Kristin Eiriksdottir
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September 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: A Fist or a Heart
Author(s): Kristin Eiriksdottir
ISBN: 1-978659-36-9 / 978-1-978659-36-0
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September 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: A Fist or a Heart
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ISBN: 1-978690-78-9 / 978-1-978690-78-3
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Title: A Fist or a Heart
Author(s): Kristin Eiriksdottir, Larissa Kyzer - translator
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September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Fist or a Heart
Author(s): Kristin Eiriksdottir, Larissa Kyzer - translator
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September 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Fist or a Heart
Author(s): Kristin Eiriksdottir, Larissa Kyzer - translator
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September 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Fist or a Heart
Author(s): Kristin Eiriksdottir
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
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