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Stolen

Stolen
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Elsie says: GREAT NOVEL BASED ON THE SAMI INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF SWEDEN. Warm hearted, touching heroic. Follow a young Sami member and her family as they tend to their Reindeer herd and meet all the prejudice and pride of their land. The Sami culture comes alive. A great translation! Well written.

AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2023 * SOON TO BE A NETFLIX FILM

A spellbinding Swedish novel that follows a young indigenous woman as she struggles to defend her family's reindeer herd and culture amidst xenophobia, climate change, and a devious hunter whose targeted kills are considered mere theft in the eyes of the law.

On a winter day north of the Arctic Circle, nine-year-old Elsa--daughter of Sámi reindeer herders--sees a man brutally kill her beloved reindeer calf and threaten her into silence. When her father takes her to report the crime, local police tell them that there is nothing they can do about these "stolen" animals. Killings like these are classified as theft in the reports that continue to pile up, uninvestigated. But reindeer are not just the Sámi's livelihood, they also hold spiritual significance; attacking a reindeer is an attack on the culture itself.

Ten years later, hatred and threats against the Sámi keep escalating, and more reindeer are tortured and killed in Elsa's community. Finally, she's had enough and decides to push back on the apathetic police force. The hunter comes after her this time, leading to a catastrophic final confrontation.

Based on real events, Ann-Helén Laestadius's award-winning novel Stolen is part coming-of-age story, part love song to a disappearing natural world, and part electrifying countdown to a dramatic resolution--a searing depiction of a forgotten part of Sweden.

ISBN: 
9781668007167
Binding: 
Paperback
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Publication Date: 
January 31, 2023
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