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Featuring: Aslaug; Maren; Rune
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At once a literary novel and a psychological thriller, a
novel of suspense and an intellectual puzzle, MADAPPLE
draws the reader into a world where reality seems a puzzle
in which the pieces are organic, forever changing: a world
in which plants may be murder weapons; Roman letters may be
runic symbols; the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
may be the Norse tree of life, Yggdrasil; and virgin births
may be commonplace.
Told alternately in terse trial transcripts and in the
atmospheric voice of Aslaug, a sixteen-year old girl on
trial for murder, we learn of Aslaug's childhood of
seclusion in rural Maine, with a mother who is at once
pitiful, cruel and cerebral. Aslaug's mother tells her she
has no father and teaches her daughter far more about
mythology and botany than she does about the modern world.
Aslaug knows of the God Odin, and of his secrets, and of
the old crones who live at the base of Yggdrasil and who
weave the tapestry of fates. And she knows how to use
uncultivated plants for everything from food to soap to
narcotics. And perhaps to poison.
Is Aslaug the innocent she would have the reader believe,
or a calculated killer? Only MADAPPLE will tell.
Weekend Edition Sunday - July 20, 2008
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