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Eleanor Arnason—Hidden Folk: Icelandic Fantasies

About the Book: 

Secreted away in Iceland's meadows and mountain crags dwell the Hidden Folk--magical beings from the age of the Vikings. In this new collection, Eleanor Arnason has crafted five original tales both fantastical and contemporary, where ordinary folk cross paths with elves and trolls, heroes and magicians, vengeful ghosts, a were-puffin, and even the devil himself. With the same clean, laconic style and quiet sense of humor beloved to readers of her previous award-winning novels and stories, she weaves together the rich imaginative tradition of the Norse sagas and folktales with persistent concerns of our own time: social and environmental justice, the rights of women and underrepresented peoples, and the desire of working people everywhere for freedom and self-determination. In the words of National Book Award winner Will Alexander, "Eleanor Arnason is wise, and everyone who reads Hidden Folk will become the wiser for it. They ll have too much fun to notice, though."

About the Author: 

Eleanor Arnason is the author of six novels and almost fifty works of shorter fiction. Her novel Ring of Swords, acclaimed by the New York Review of Science Fiction as one of the best s.f. novels of the 1990s, won a Minnesota Book Award. Her novel A Woman of the Iron People won the Tiptree and Mythopoeic Society Awards. Other works have been shortlisted for both the Nebula and the Hugo. She has been called "the acknowledged heir to the feminist legacy of Joanna Russ and Ursula Le Guin," and Andrea Hairston has called her "a treasure." Ms. Arnason lives in the Twin Cities Metro Area.