On the day of her father's funeral, twenty-eight-year-old Clarissa Iverton discovers that he wasn't her biological father after all. Her mother disappeared fourteen years earlier, and her fiancé has just revealed a life-changing secret to her. Alone and adrift, Clarissa travels to mystical Lapland, where she believes she'll meet her real father. There, at a hotel made of ice, Clarissa is confronted with the truth about her mother's history, and must make a decision about how—and where—to live the rest of her life.
"I had hired the new Hungarian florist in town to do the flower arrangement, the narrator of Vendela Vida s new novel says of her father s funeral. A mistake. A ruby banner hung diagonally, like a beauty contestant s sash, across a garish bouquet near the casket. In large silver lettering: BE LOVED. This tone of dark whimsy suffuses the whole book and accounts for much of its peculiarly biting charm. You ve seen it before, in movies like Little Miss Sunshine or The Royal Tenenbaums and in books like well, maybe there aren t any other books that walk this very fine line between high-camp comedy and the lyrical seriousness that Vida s title portends: Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name.