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The Solitaire Mystery

The Solitaire Mystery

A Novel About Family & Destiny

Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Sarah Jane Hails

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The story of a boy and his father on a car trip through Europe, searching for the boy's mother, who left many years ago to find herself. Structured as a deck of cards -- each chapter is one card in the deck -- The Solitaire Mystery subtly weaves together fantasy and reality, fairy tales and family history.

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The Solitaire Mystery

SPADES
ACE OF SPADES
... a German soldier came biking along the country road ...
THE GREAT JOURNEY TO the homeland of the philosophers began in Arendal, an old shipping town...

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“Playful, ingenious, frequently moving.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[An] offbeat delight, ontology masquerading as an ingeniously constructed fairy tale.” —Publishers Weekly

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Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Sarah Jane Hails

Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1952. He taught high-school philosophy for several years before publishing a collection of short stories in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, his first two novels, The Solitaire Mystery and Sophie's World, and several others since then. He lives in Oslo with his family.

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