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Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name finds 28-year-old Clarissa Iverton questioning just who she is. Her father has suddenly passed away and in his papers she discovers her birth certificate which has a Scandinavian man's name listed as her father. Her mother left them when Clarissa was 14, disappearing on a Christmas shopping trip and never seen again. Her childhood friend who became her fiancé knew all along about her parentage, so she leaves him and flies to Helsinki. She makes her way north to Lapland, populated by the Sami people, who should help her find her real father. This trip in itself is full of surprises and secrets. She finds the truth of her mother's past, and must decide how to shape her life based on that knowledge. Vendela Vida's novel has received positive reviews with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer saying, "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name has the grip and pace of a thriller, all but demanding to be read straight through in one sitting, but Vida's second novel also manages to plumb a host of profound questions during its relentless drama."