Hotel Silence won the Icelandic Literature Prize (the equivalent of our National Book Award) and the Booksellers Prize.
Butterflies in November won the Tómas Gudmundsson Literary Award and was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. It was named a best book of the year by the Financial Times and Independent, and it was widely reviewed in the New York Times, Boston Globe, New Yorker, O Magazine, New York Magazine, and Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Her writing has been translated widely into twenty-two languages. Hotel Silence will be published internationally in seven countries to-date: France, Italy, Sweden, England, Hungary, Norway, and Iceland.
For readers of: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.
In the tradition of widowers who go on epic adventures, curmudgeonly misunderstood men who find love in unexpected places, and little old ladies who commit white collar crimes for a better quality of late life, comes a new loveable, floundering protagonist in the midst of a mid-life crisis who wants to forego it all but can’t seem to even get that right.
Olafsdottir’s English debut novel The Greenhouse (AmazonCrossing), sold over 100,000 ebooks; it won the DV Cultural Prize for literature and was nominated for the Nordic Council Prize, the Prix Femina, and Prix FNAC.
Olafsdottir is a masterful writer in that she brings both humor and lightheartedness as well as incredible complexity and insight to her work.
Depicts in intimate detail the difficulty of rebuilding a small town in an unnamed war-torn region. It is a deeply-felt portrait of human suffering and courage.