The Tricking of Freya is a story told by the adult Freya Morris to a cousin she is searching for, about her childhood and her crazy Icelandic family. Perhaps crazy is a strong word, but in the actions of her mother and aunt it is obvious that things were not “right” in this family. For that reason, this book will appeal to a wider-than-Icelandic-fanatics audience – this story could be about anyone’s family. Freya’s family just happen to be of Icelandic descent and now living in the US and Canada.
There is a sense of mystery throughout the book, and all the loose ends are wrapped up by the end – perhaps a little too quickly after all the drama of the story. Freya visits Iceland in the book both as a child and an adult, but does not have happy times there. The author herself clearly has a strong knowledge of the Icelandic language and includes many little facts about the sagas, the language and all things Icelandic. A casual reader with no knowledge of Iceland could pick up quite a lot from this, or perhaps get irritated by it!
For a debut novel I thought this was a very good one. It’s funny and sad, and I enjoyed the author interview at the end where you find out where much of the inspiration for the story came from.
This book is published in the US, but I was able to get it through Amazon. The author’s website includes a blog about a trip she took to Iceland before the book and includes some photos that are interesting if you’ve read the book. I hope she continues to write Iceland-related fiction.