A young woman in tenth century Iceland, Thora Thorvinnsdottir, finds herself orphaned, out of a home and destitute. She decides to make the most of what she has left, assets she can count on her fingers and toes — a small flock of sheep, a first rate horse and priceless dog, a young slave of many skills. Thora is proud to be who she is, a well-born woman free to make her own decisions within the overall pattern designed by the Norns – the whimsical maidens of fate whose weavings shape the lives of mortals. Where others may dwell on the dictates imposed on their lives by circumstance and fate, Thora seeks for the spaces between the warp threads strung by the immortal maiden weavers. She is determined to see that the weft strands of her life’s fabric represent a pattern of her own choice.
Set on a road of self-determination unusual for her times and place in a gender- biased world, Thora joins a party of settlers on their journey to Greenland in the hope of acquiring a farm of her own. In Greenland, she marries Ivar Ulfson, which turns out to be a mistake. Next in her search for her proper place in the world, she joins her husband’s timber-seeking expedition across the western sea to a rumoured new land, suspected to be the source of the masses of driftwood found on some Greenland beaches.
The newly discovered land holds more than vast forests of prime timber. There are novel forms of life here, animal and human, unknown to even the most widely traveled among Norsemen. And Thora is given a chance to achieve a major goal she set for herself, in a way she never imagined.
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UPDATE ON THE SUN ROAD AND COMING SEQUEL
Codroy and Miramichi
When, around the birth of this new millennium, I first decided to send Thora out voyaging, I looked at the map of the North Atlantic, prevailing ocean currents and winds, and at the info and photos collected on trips around coastal Atlantic Canada, to help me chart the most likely course a knorr would take on a western voyage, departing from southern Greenland.
They would, I thought, presumably steer into the Belle Isle Strait and continue south, skirting Newfoundland’s west coast and stick into the fjord leading to the Codroy valley, to put up their winter logging camp somewhere on wooded shores.
I described it all in The Sun Road, and felt quite smug, I admit, when last year, the press reported on the discovery of a Norse campsite at Codroy! Here is the link to an early article on the subject; it includes more background than the later press updates. I don’t believe Norse explorers would settle on the exposed cape mentioned in later press updates. They would want to build their winter quarters farther inland in a tree-sheltered spot near the water
Long before recent archeological reports appeared in the press, confirming my expectations, I felt a crew of Norse skirting the coast for a place to stay the winter and cut timber could hardly do better than settling in the Codroy Valley — ‘deduction, my dear Watson.’
Imagine my delight when I saw reports on another discovery of traces left by Norse travelers in Atlantic Canada, this time around the Bay of St. Lawrence! (link below) on the
Inviting shores of the Bay of Chaleur in present day New Brunswick!
Needless to say, I’m more than pleased to have placed Thora and company at the end of The Sun Road in the middle of the Bay of St L, and left them marooned in the Magdalen Islands.
In another year or so I hope to tell in the sequel I’m writing, how they get away from the island to make their way back east to Elkimu’s home in the land of the Ellenu (Unamakik) — and on to new adventures.
meanwhile, join me in a journey back into time (WWII) set in Denmark:
Released September 11, 2017:
The Storks came Back — A Boy grows up under Nazi occupation./Historical fiction, YA, Cross-over/
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by Giselle Roeder (author of ‘We don’t Talk about That’) of my new novel, The Storks came Back
Giselle Roeder/ March 11, 2018
A Boy’s Idea how to use a Stork’s Nest
A book for ‘young adults?’ I am a ‘senior adult’ and I very much enjoyed this book. Afiena has a way with words, and occasionally it was hard for me to imagine that English is NOT her first language. I grew up during the Nazi time in Germany, and to read about the Nazi invasion in Denmark was interesting. The boy Morten and his dog, his sister, mother and father are characters well developed in this fictional story, loosely based on Afiena Kamminga’s husband’s life. As you get deeper into the story, you feel as if you are part of their life and their community. It is amazing how much resistance to the Nazis there was. I know there was lots of it in Germany too but people were too frightened of ‘informers’ that we did not talk about it. Different in Denmark. Funny experiences of Morten and his big dog could easily have turned deadly. The big old dog was later replaced with a smaller one, and the relationship between boy and pet makes you smile, even cheer for them. Morten’s first love is heartwarming, and I was happy when I came to the end to learn that despite escape and displacement the family and the friends found each other again. Amazing how sneaky little boys found ways to hurt the German occupiers but did great service for the resistance, despite the fact that the parents tried to keep them away from it all. It makes you wonder how fast children during WW II had to grow up. I was waiting to find out what the storks had to do with the war, the occupation, and the resistance. I shook my wise old head, I was a kid again, I was in with the smart boy who used the storks’ nest for an incredible feat. I was relieved that the storks came back, repaired their nest and never knew what happened to it for a brief period of time. I do not want to give away too much, but this book, intended to entertain and educate young adults is opening the eyes for the perils of war – even if you don’t live in an active fighting zone. Yes, I would recommend anyone interested in European war history to read it.
Question: Where can I most conveniently buy a hard copy of THE STORKS CAME BACK ?
Answer: This is a Print on Demand book. It means that the Storks will not as a rule be available on the shelves of ‘bricks and mortar’ book stores because POB books generally do not carry the Book Return Insurance required by the industry. The book can be ordered, if requested by customer, online by any bookstore, as well as directly online by purchaser.
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