Author: Kerstin Ekman
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Year of Publication: 2009
On the first page of God’s Mercy we meet a first-person narrator who remains with us almost throughout the entire trilogy. She is a six-year-old Sami child, eventually adopted by the midwife who is the protagonist of the first volume, and whose grandchild becomes the protagonist of the third. Ekman’s language is captivating, as is the tale itself.
God’s Mercy begins a trilogy that follows the lives of a number of people whose lives intertwine from the early twentieth century nearly to the present day. In this volume the protagonist is a midwife who journeys to employment in the north, following the clergyman she believes she loves. But life has a great deal more in store for her than the life of a minister’s wife.