Kristín Ómarsdóttir’s novel Children in Reindeer Woods, published in the United States by Open Letter Books and translated by Lytton Smith, was recently reviewed in the Sunday Book Review of the New York Times. In the piece, novelist Helen Oyeyemi writes that is an “assured introduction” to Kristín’s work, as well as a “daringly droll, wholly perturbing book.”
The online Kirkus Reviews also had warm words for Children in Reindeer Woods: „A literary allegory filled with truths and absurdities about the human condition [...] This is the first of Icelandic author Ómarsdóttir’s novels to appear in English, and it shouldn’t be the last. Somewhere in the reader’s mind, Catch-22 echoes faintly.”
Kristín is not the first Icelander to appear on the roster of Open Letter Books, which previously have published two novels by Bragi Ólafson and recently secured the rights to Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson’s The Last Days of My Mother.