The Tricking of Freya
Author: Christina Sunley
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Price: $28.95 (Hardcover)

Iceland plays itself in The Tricking of Freya, a coming-of-age story chronicling the family history and Scandinavian heritage of the novel’s title character. Young Freya first meets her widowed mother’s family in Gimli, Man., at age seven. Her trek from New York brings her close to her fierce Aunt Birdie, who insists she be schooled in Icelandic past, mythology and language. But Birdie’s burying tension between her and Freya’s mom; the reason Freya’s never met her family until now. Sunley builds a travelogue to uncover Freya’s family secret.