The StormBook - 2010
On the night of January 31, 1953, a mountain of water, literally piled up out of the sea by a freak winter hurricane, swept down onto the Netherlands, demolishing the dikes protecting the country and wiping a quarter of its landmass from the map. It was the worst natural disaster to strike the Netherlands in three hundred years.
The morning of the storm, Armanda asks her sister, Lidy, to take her place on a visit to her godchild in the town of Zierikzee. In turn, Armanda will care for Lidy's two-year-old daughter and accompany Lidy’s husband to a party. The sisters, both of them young and beautiful, look so alike that no one may even notice. But what Armanda can’t know is that her little comedy is a provocation to fate: Lidy is headed for the center of the deadly storm.
Margriet de Moor interweaves the stories of these two sisters, deftly alternating between the cataclysm and the long years of its grief-strewn aftermath. While Lidy struggles to survive, surrounded by people she barely knows, Armanda must master the future, trying to live out the life of her missing sister as if it were her own.
A brilliant meshing of history and imagination, The Storm is a powerfully dramatic and psychologically gripping novel from one of Europe’s most compelling writers.
Baker & Taylor
The 1953 hurricane destruction of southwest Netherlands finds Armada inadvertently triggering fateful events when on the morning of the storm she switches places with her identical sister Lidy, inadvertently placing the latter in the path of danger.
A tale inspired by the 1953 hurricane destruction of the southwest Netherlands finds Armada inadvertently triggering fateful events when on the morning of the storm she switches places with her identical sister Lidy, inadvertently placing the latter in the path of danger. By the author of The Virtuoso.
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Lidy and Armanda are two young and beautiful sisters who, being only two years apart in age, look very much alike - so much so, in fact, that Armanda (the younger) asks her sister Lidy to take her place at her god-daughter's birthday party, a good day's journey away by car. Lidy goes somewhat relunctantly, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. Armanda's little comedy of sorts turns tragic, as a hurricane-like storm hits parts of the island causing devastating flooding, and Lidy must struggle to stay alive.
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