UNDERLOVED: SUSIN NIELSEN ON INDEPENDENT PEOPLE, BY Halldór Laxness

independent people

We asked Susin Nielsen to tell us about a book she loves that, for one reason or another, hasn’t found the audience it deserves:

This is the toughest question yet! Most of the books I love have been loved by many. A book I thought I would not like at all, and fell in love with, was Independent People by Halldor Laxness. Icelandic, so very popular there, of course. He won the Nobel prize for literature at one point many years ago, so hardly unknown, but probably not widely read by North American audiences today.


Author Susin Nielsen’s 2012 novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, won the Governor General’s Award (Children’s Text) among many other awards; her latest, We Are All Made of Molecules, was released just a few short weeks ago. (Read our review.) She started her professional writing career on television, writing for Degrassi Junior High. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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