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From the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow, an epic novel about faith and the magic of everyday life.

Told from the precocious perspective of fourteen-year-old Peter, The Elephant Keepers’ Children is about three siblings and how they deal with their eccentric parents. Peter’s father is a vicar, his mother is an artisan, and both are equally and profoundly devout. The family lives on the (fictional) island of Finø, where people of all religious faiths coexist peacefully. Yet nothing is at it seems.
   When Peter’s parents suddenly go missing, Peter and his siblings fear the worst—has their parents’ relentless quest to boost church attendance finally put them in danger? Told with poignancy and humor, The Elephant Keepers’ Children is a fascinating exploration of fundamentalism versus spiritual freedom, the vicissitudes of romantic and familial love, and the triumph of the human spirit.

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The Elephant Keepers' Children
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October 13th, 2013
A unique and quirky story of 2 go-getter kids from a tiny Island in Denmark, setting out to find their missing parents. This is a laugh out loud, off beat story that never ceases to surprise and amuse yet has a deep undercurrent of humanity and philosophical pondering. It is one of those books that puts you in a good mood and sticks with you for a long time. I'm looking forward to reading it again.
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