Children in Reindeer Woods

Children in Reindeer Woods

by Kristin Omarsdottir

Translated by Lytton Smith

Published by: Open Letter

Imprint: Open Letter

198 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781934824351
  • Published: April 2012


"[A] daringly droll, wholly perturbing book."—New York Times

Eleven-year-old Billie lives at a temporary home for children called Children in Reindeer Woods, which she discovers one afternoon, to her surprise, is in the middle of a war zone. When a small group of paratroopers kill everyone who lives there with her,and then turn on each other, Billie is forced to learn to live with the violent, innocent, and troubled Rafael, who decides to abandon the soldier's life and become a farmer, no matter what it takes.

A lyrical and continually surprising take on the absurdity of war and the mysteries of childhood, Children in Reindeer Woods is a moving modern fable.