When we were Vikings : a novel

by MacDonald, Andrew

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
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A heart-swelling debut for fans of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time .

Sometimes life isn't as simple as heroes and villains.

For Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules:

1. A smile means "thank you for doing something small that I liked."
2. Fist bumps and dabs = respect.
3. Strange people are not appreciated in her home.
4. Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet.
5. Sometimes the most important things don't fit on lists.

But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable--and dangerous--methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn't long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength.

When We Were Vikings is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will leave you wanting to embark on a quest of your own, because after all...

We are all legends of our own making.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Twenty-one-year old Zelda feels safe relying on rules, lists, and schedules. She lives under the care of her older brother, Gert, and is ready to take the next step with her boyfriend. The most important thing to know about Zelda, however, is that she loves Vikings: she admires the Valkyries, fears the Grendel, studies the Runes, and carries a Viking sword. She prefers to explore this obsession in books and in her own mind, until she learns of a newly unearthed female Viking warrior and decides to bring her fantasy world to life. She resolves to be legendary, the hero of her own story. When Gert struggles to hold things together, Zelda's newfound bravery leads her to uncover his illegal activity and confront his dangerous group of friends. In order to make things right, Zelda must set out on a quest to save her brother and find her own path in life. MacDonald's first novel is a truly original story filled with love, tragedy, heartache, and triumph, and his heroine is sure to inspire readers to be legendary themselves.--Melissa Norstedt Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "MacDonald's offbeat debut introduces 21-year-old Zelda, a Viking-obsessed young woman with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, who lives with her gruff, tattooed older brother and guardian, Gert. While he attends college on a hardship scholarship, Zelda enjoys spending time with Gert's feisty ex-girlfriend AK47 and at the community center with her friends. She's also determined to have sex with her boyfriend, Marxy, if only his overprotective mother would get out of the way. Money is tight, and when Zelda discovers that Gert has resorted to some possibly illegal money-making methods, she decides to help, because helping the tribe is what a Viking warrior does. What follows is by turns funny and tragic as Zelda navigates a new job at the library, explores intimacy with Marxy, and puts herself firmly in the crosshairs of some decidedly unsavory people. The guileless Zelda, who narrates, is a joy, and her fierce love for her family drives her, even if it means running headlong into danger. MacDonald avoids oversentimentality and a too-neat resolution, instead depicting Zelda's desire to shape her own life and be the hero of her own legend with frankness and humor. Readers will be inspired by the unforgettable Zelda. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First Scout Press hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 326 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781982126766
1982126760
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