BookView Review: My Northeast Passage – Hope, Hassles and Danes by Frances Fischer

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Publication Date: December 20, 2021

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

List Price: $19.99 Trade Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1639881222

Genre: Memoir

Page Count: 454 pages

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After losing her husband to a plane crash, twenty-four-year-old Fischer knew she had to be away from everything for a while and the summer school in Dublin seemed like a good idea. So, she packed her suitcases and left for Ireland with her fifteen-month-old son in tow. But that was the beginning of a wanderlust trip that made Denmark Fischer’s home later. With candidness and wit, Fischer narrates the story of her journey of moving away from a country she loved to a new country, which became her own while navigating the challenges and the difficulties along with the shocks, adjustments, and ups and downs of both new relationships and new culture. In a crisp, precise prose that never veers toward sentimentality, Fischer details her time in Denmark, her marriage and divorce, children, work, and friendships. She acknowledges that her journey hasn’t been smooth, but the moments of tender love, passion, despair, and intense joy are the ones that shaped her in the end. The book reveals much more than it ever clearly states, with its focus on marriage, relationships, family, friendship, adaptability, second chances, estrangement, reconciliation, and discovering meaning in the ever-changing possibilities of a life lived in fluidity. This is an eloquently thought-provoking memoir.

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