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Solbakken: A Tale of Generations

Solbakken: A Tale of Generations

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"Happy birthday dear Mom- Grammy, Tora, Auntie, Happy birthday to you!" The people that fill my screen - each in their own little box - sing and smile once more before disappearing, one by one. Blowing them kisses I say, "Thank you all. I love you!" As I reflect on this sixty-fifth birthday of mine, filled with the forced distances of our pandemic era, the phone rings, jarring me back into the moment.

"Hello Billy," I say.

"Hey, Tor." My cousin's tone is serious. His words clipped.

"What's going on? Everyone okay?" I ask.

"Yes, we're fine but... well, I was just driving by your Uncle Einar's place... I hate to tell you this, Tora, but somebody broke in. The sheriff is coming out in the morning. It's quite a mess in there. Looks like every drawer and cupboard was emptied out."

Uncle Einar's home stands empty much of the year, and is the original family homestead my grandparents built in Solbakken, Minnesota, in the early 1900's after immigrating from Norway.

"What? Are you kidding? Who would do that?" I spout. "You need me to come up there?"

A house. A mess. A mystery. Amongst the scattered papers and photographs, intriguing questions lay unanswered in the Anderson family lineage, hidden for decades. When a stash of ancient coins is found, and a gifted stranger moves in next door, windows are opened to incredible possibilities that transcend imagination and transport Tora throughout her family's generations.

Author: Wendy Jo Cerna
Publisher: Square Tree Publishing
Published: 05/01/2023
Pages: 444
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.23lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.99d
ISBN: 9781957293165
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