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- DescriptionAs a child, Solveig Torvik heard stories of a lost, mysterious great-grandfather who left Finland for America to make his fortune - leaving Torviks great-grandmother and his unborn daughter behind. As a reporter, Torvik determined to discover the fate of the man who followed his dreams to Oregon. She uncovered t only the story of one man, but also the saga of an entire family. In Nikolais Fortune, a tale of Scandinavian women, the journalist turns fact into fiction and shares the tales of her ancestors as she imagines they would have told them. Nikolai's Fortune is a heartbreaking, multigenerational epic, chronicling family secrets and sufferings against the backdrop of Scandinavian history and culture. Blending memoir and historical fiction, grandmother, mother, and daughter each share their own story: Kaisa, of her mothers love for Nikolai and her own 500-mile trek at the age of twelve from impoverished Finland across the swy mountains of Lapland; Berit, of child slavery and an obsession with seeking out her grandfathers fortune for her mother; and Hannah, the voice of Torvik, of her childhood during the Nazi occupation of Norway and her familys emigration to Idaho. Through detailed historical research into census, church, and weather records, as well as academic and museum sources, Torvik recaptures a dramatic story nearly lost to memory and inherits something worth more than a fortune in riches a sense of her family history, ethnic background, and the generations of remarkable women who came before her. Norwegian-born Solveig Torvik was a reporter, editor, and columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for thirty years. She was also a reporter for United Press International in Salt Lake City and for the San Francisco Chronicle, and an editor at the San Jose Mercury News.
- Author BiographySolveig Torvik was a reporter, editor, and columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for thirty years. She was also a reporter for United Press International in Salt Lake City and for the San Francisco Chronicle, and an editor at the San Jose Mercury News.
- Author(s)Solveig Torvik
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication27/11/2012
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Series TitleMcLellan Endowed Series
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Notex bw photos, 1 maps,
- Weight340 g
- Width145 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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