The promised land
“… A well told, entertaining and informative review of a reality which concerns most Norwegians in one way or another” Dagsavisen
A grand conclusion to the author’s trilogy about Norwegian emigration to America in the 1800s. Agnes from Lofoten, heir to a farm, is not allowed to marry Lasse Fagervår who comes from a poor family . The year is 1883 and unfortunate events force eighteen year old Lasse to emigrate to America. His girlfriend receives a letter from New York asking her to join him. But where in New York can she find him? And is he going to stay on the east coast?
Finally, after ten years of adventurous complications, they meet on the Pacific Northwest.
Toril Brekke is an enterprising storyteller, and she shows us the Norwegian immigrants’ reality among seamen in Brooklyn, farmers in the Midwest, cowboys in Texas and lumberjacks in the North West.
Praise for The Promised Land:
“… an examplary, historic novel. Simple, subdued and old-fashioned prose, an easy and entertaining read … An impressive and thorough research, and a solid literary handicraft. Congratulations, Brekke!
“… Toril Brekke is not merely a great communicater of a part of the history of the United States which is also our own; she also communicates those emotions and experiences which accompanied the Norwegians who, for different reasons (although often poverty), gave up on everything familiar and safe to try their luck in the U.S.”