Goodbye Ingrim

Fiction - Drama
115 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2019
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Author Biography

Lára Dawn Michelsen resides in Þorlákshöfn, a small fishing village in Iceland. From a young age, she had a passion for stories and watched almost every film that came on the television screen. One day she watched the films Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Those films inspired her to write a story, a story that eventually morphed into the novella that is now Goodbye Ingrim.

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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Goodbye Ingrim by Lára Dawn Michelsen is a mesmerizing story with compelling characters and powerful hints of adventure. Ava Ingrim left home and moved to the city against her father's wishes. It has been many years since her brother, Ace Ingrim, last heard from her and, worried, he decides to move to the city in search of her. He doesn't find her where he thought she'd be. Then he quickly learns that she's been married, and this comes as a shock to the young man. But when he finally finds his sister, he learns a more shocking, painful truth.

Goodbye Ingrim is deftly written and Lára Dawn Michelsen has a descriptive style of writing that conveys emotions succinctly, capturing the emotional and psychological implications of the story in a unique way. The narrative begins with a powerful image, one that is as clear as it is intriguing and I just loved how the author melds elements of the setting with a unique plot detail... the quiet breeze that flows through the midsummer heat, the young man stepping off the train onto the railway platform and looking both ways, perhaps lost. One is compelled to read on to find out who he is and where he is and what he really wants. Ace is a character that readers will love to follow. This story is about the drama that is witnessed very often when young people leave the simplicity of life in rural areas to pursue dreams in the city. It is filled with pathos. I enjoyed the fluidity in the prose, the excellent handling of the plot, and the focused and balanced writing.

Trisha Dawn

Goodbye Ingrim is written by Lára Dawn Michelsen. One night, Ace Ingrim arrived in the city hoping to see his sister, Ava. He finally found her in an upscale neighborhood and was welcomed with open arms. Ava, he learned, had been married for two years and was pregnant. Ace asked her if he could stay while he figured things out. Ava said yes and her husband Victor allowed it. Living together brought the siblings close once again but the cracks in his sister’s domestic life started to show and affected him greatly. What’s worse, Victor went digging into the life Ace left back in his hometown and his secrets. Ultimately, things boiled over which led to certain discoveries and unexpected events.

There is something so calming about reading this story. Goodbye Ingrim actually deals with many issues but the way it is written will make you want to finish it in one sitting. Lára Dawn Michelsen’s writing prowess should be credited for that. However, her talent doesn’t end there. The author has a way of pulling a reader’s emotions as one reads. I remembered reading the first few pages in anticipation, thinking something might happen anytime soon, only for my emotions to build up because nothing had happened yet. Then, just when I thought I already knew what’s next, Michelsen threw me off guard and I ended up hanging onto every sentence as if my life depended on it. This novel was definitely tastefully written.

Goodbye Ingrim tackled lots of issues which are still relevant today. At first glance, it seemed like it was about family and reconnection but there are relevant matters at play when you go deeper. Exploring these concerns is what makes this book an important read. It is inspirational and it will make you want to take action. It will definitely make readers more aware and involved, which is what we need to be to eradicate such problems. This will also open their minds to sensitive issues. A must-read.