Hargrave, Kiran Millwood, 1990-

The mercies / Kiran Millwood Hargrave. - 341 pages : maps ; 23 cm.

"Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardø must fend for themselves.Three years later, a sinister figure arrives. Absalom Cornet comes from Scotland, where he burned witches in the northern isles. He brings with him his young Norwegian wife, Ursa, who is both heady with her husband's authority and terrified by it. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa sees something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God, and flooded with a mighty evil.As Maren and Ursa are drawn to one another in ways that surprise them both, the island begins to close in on them, with Absalom's iron rule threatening Vardø's very existence. Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, The Mercies is a story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization. "--Provided by publisher.

9781529005103

GBB9J5542 bnb


Women--Norway--Fiction.
Interpersonal attraction--Fiction.
Good and evil--Fiction.
Lesbians--Fiction.
Man-woman relationships--Fiction.


Norway--Social life and customs--17th century--Fiction.
Vardø (Norway)--History--17th century--Fiction.


Historical fiction.

823.92

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