January Bookclub: Burial Rites

Wednesday 1 January 2014 by

It’s a new year, and that means January Bookclub has arrived! This month’s choice is 2013 bestseller, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

You might have already decided on your New Year’s Resolutions. Or you might be spending today nursing a hangover and vowing never to drink again. However you’ve seen in 1st January 2014, make it worthwhile and pick up the latest House of Blog Bookclub choice…

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent, Picador, Book

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Published by Picador

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover.

Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’s story begins to emerge – and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed…

Based on actual events, Burial Rites is as astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we’re told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?


House of Blog’s January Bookclub

If you want to get involved

1. Pick up a copy of Burial Rites


2. Get reading

3. Tell us what you think!

Add to the comments below
Join the chat on Twitter using the hashtag #HoBBookclub
Join the Facebook page

At the end of the month, we’ll round up the comments and thoughts in to one big review post, so remember to leave your name (and Twitter or Google+ if you have one). This is a purely online Bookclub – no meet-ups required! You can be anywhere in the world and still join the Bookclub, as long as you have the book. Just join in the chat online and get reading!

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