Linda Olsson's Astrid and Veronika was my favorite book of 2006. My enthusiasm spread to other Schwartz booksellers who became fans, and we sold over 2,400 copies the first year it was released. I was excited and nervous when I heard Olsson had another novel coming: Sonata for Miriam [Penguin, Feb. 24]. Could it live up to Astrid? I can unequivocally answer “yes.” In Sonata for Miriam, Olsson tackles new subjects—including a father/daughter relationship, WWII, and how world events and history impact the individual—mostly from the point of view of a male protagonist. Much of what I loved in Astrid and Veronika is present in Miriam: Olsson's unique voice and understanding of human nature and relationships; how she captures both inner and outer landscapes; and how so much is said in unspoken moments between characters. Sonata for Miriam is another literary treat that will delight book clubs and should bring Olsson a well-deserved broader audience.