In the days leading up to Christmas, Dómhildur delivers her 1,922nd baby. Beginnings and endings are her family trade; she comes from a long line of midwives on her mother’s side and a long line of undertakers on her father’s. She even lives in the apartment that she inherited from her grandaunt, a midwife with a unique reputation for her unconventional methods. As a terrible storm races towards Reykjavik, Dómhildur discovers decades worth of letters and manuscripts hidden amongst her grandaunt’s clutter. Fielding calls from her anxious meteorologist sister and visits from her curious new neighbor, Dómhildur escapes into her grandaunt’s archive and discovers strange and beautiful reflections on birth, death, and human nature. With her singular warmth and humor, Ólafsdóttir gives us a beguiling novel that comes direct from the depths of an Icelandic winter, full of hope for spring.
Ann Richardson was raised in the Midwest, where she was active in drama and singing. Her varied work experience has lent itself well to narration, as she's no stranger to the terminology used in wildlife management, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, education, and the automotive industry. A devoted volunteer for Learning Ally (formerly Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic), she has narrated numerous audiobooks in a wide variety of genres.