In Gildra, Hilde Susan Jægtnes writes about a young woman’s stay on a farm in rural Iceland, as part of her education to become a veterinarian.
For over a year the protagonist, Hanna, struggles to adapt to her new environment characterized by hard physical labor, unpredictable animals and excessive amounts of alcohol.
Raw and emotional novel about taking charge of your own life.
…the novel is about a young person’s desire and fear to be an adult among adults […] it is elaborate, which makes it interesting and successful.
Bright debut novel by Jægtnes.
With a poetic voice the author utilizes Iceland as a framework for the story, and lets the horse mirror her exploration of human nature.
Hanna is a kick ass survivor, and her [Jægtnes’] depictions are simply wonderful, visual, almost cinematic. 5/6
Hilde Susan Jægtnes writes well and with a sharp vision.