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A modern fairy-tale penned in crystal-clear language


Sien Volders

Vancouver, 1980. Sarah is a silversmith faced with a dilemma. Should she continue creating her own jewellery, or should she accept the offer made by a large jewellery firm? Sarah travels north, looking for answers and insights. In the remote gold mining town of Forty Mile, she moves in with Mary, an older woman who runs the post office and village store.

Sarah becomes acquainted with two musician friends who are each other’s opposites: the dependable Jacob and the troubled, volatile Adam. Initially, Sarah falls for Adam, while Jacob looks on from a distance. But ‘North’ is populated by yet another trio: Mary, Walker and the late Rick. Once again, two men orbit a woman. Along the way, Sarah learns how Mary’s life has foreshadowed her own, and what it means to be free.

Wild, dark, romantic and almost addictively well-written ****
Focus Knack

‘North’ is a carefully crafted novel about ‘indecision in the choice’: the choice between Adam and Jacob, between the freedom of being a self-employed designer and the compromises inevitably linked to the greater renown brought by the jewellery brand, between art and life, between Vancouver and the harsh life in the north, and between the musical styles that are entwined with each location.

The relationships between the characters, their love and friendship for one another, their aspirations and ambitions, their tragedies and demons, their desires and disappointments immerse the reader into a world full of recognisable themes.

The penetrating atmosphere and the careful, precise structure are compelling.
De Morgen
Volders has introduced a strong, unforgettable female character to the literary stage.
De Volkskrant