When: Sun., Sept. 29, 2 p.m. 2013
Australian novelist Hannah Kent chose a fascinating subject for her debut novel — the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person ever executed in Iceland. So it makes sense that Burial Rites put Kent, who is still in her 20s, in the center of an international bidding war that reportedly ended with a considerable advance. Praise for her storytelling was almost instantaneous — The New Yorker called it “gorgeously atmospheric,” and The Observer said Kent shows “rare sophistication and beauty.” Agnes’ story, as Kent imagines it, is filled with deep love and betrayal, and is colored with well-researched details like the official list of the murdered man’s valuables and the lyrics to an Icelandic burial hymn. Learn more about Agnes’ story when Kent comes to Parnassus today to read and discuss the novel — and get the chance to brag about being an early fan.