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The Quiet Girl (Paperback)

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By Peter Hoeg, Nadia Christensen (Translator)
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The internationally acclaimed bestselling author of Smilla's Sense of Snow returns with this "engrossing, beautifully written tale of suspense . . . captivating" (The Miami Herald).

Set in Denmark in the here and now, Peter Hoeg's The Quiet Girl centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johan Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt. Wanted for tax evasion and on the verge of extradition, Krone is drafted into the service of a mysterious order of nuns who promise him reprieve from the international authorities in return for his help safeguarding a group of children with mystical abilities -- abilities that Krone also shares.

When one of the children goes missing, Krone sets off to find the young girl and bring her back, making a shocking series of discoveries along the way about her identity and the true intentions of his young wards. The result is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller blending social realism with the literary fantastic and pitting art and spirituality against corporate interests and nothing less than the will to war by the industrialized world.

The Quiet Girl is a masterful, inventive novel that marks the triumphal return of one of the great writers of the international literary world.

About the Author

Peter Hoeg, born in 1957 in Denmark, followed various callings--dancer, actor, sailor, fencer, and mountaineer--before turning seriously to writing. His work has been published in thirty-three countries. The Quiet Girl is his fifth novel.

Praise For…

"Extraordinary . . . There is no more morally (and imaginatively) engaged novelist writing today."--Newsday

"Completely immersive and riveting . . . There is more wit, gravity, and madcap pleasure in The Quiet Girl than in any new book I’ve read in recent memory."--The New York Sun

"Treat The Quiet Girl as a thriller, and you’ll sprint happily to its unexpected and enigmatic ending. Treat the novel as a love story, and you may be surprised by the deep silence of its final pages."--The Washington Post

"Høeg’s writing is jewel-encrusted. . . . This is writing that sparkles to distract from its deep philosophical aspects."--Los Angeles Times

"Slyly compelling, the story unfolds at breakneck speed."--Chicago Sun-Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312427771
ISBN-10: 0312427778
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
Publication Date: September 30th, 2008
Pages: 408
Language: English