Aslaug was brought up by a single mother. She was home schooled and they rarely went into town. But when her mother dies and the nosey neighbor sees her drag what looked like it could be a body to the back yard and start digging a hole, her life is turned upside down.
After the memorial service for her mother Aslaug finds her aunt and cousins a few towns over. It is there, at a Pentecostal Church that she learns more about her mother and the deep seeded problems and mental issues within her family. But for someone that was brought up having very limited interaction with anyone save for her mother Aslaug demonstrates great socialization skills. I didn’t get that. One would think she would be shy, awkward and without the social skills required to function in society. But at times it seemed as if the author forgot this point and had Aslaug interacting with people better than I do.
My favorite parts of this book were the bits of herbology sprinkled throughout. It was very interesting learning about the different flora.
Then there are the religious theories. First let me say that I LOVED Angels & Demons and The DaVinci Code. For me the different takes on the bible were interesting and while I may not totally agree with them I can see how the other side has a valid argument. But this book was different. Different religious groups (and way too many different groups) and views were brought into the mix on what seemed to me the flimsiest basis. All centering around one thing…a virgin birth.