The Good Lover

The Good Lover is the exceptional tale of Karl Ástuson, a charming businessman who has managed to steal the heart of every woman but one―his childhood love Una. After seventeen years he travels back to Reykjavik, and finally wins her over. Before they have the chance to live out their happy ending, Karl’s womanizing past catches up with him when an ex immortalizes him in a novel as ‘the good lover’. Steinnun Sigurðardóttir has written an intriguing, unusual, and beautiful novel about the messiness of love that will stay with the reader for a long time.





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Publication date

1 December, 2016




Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

Steinunn Sigurðardóttir is a highly acclaimed Icelandic novelist and poet. After working as a journalist and radio reporter … Read more


Praise for The Good Lover

‘This is an extremely beautiful novel about love and separation, about mothers’ love and too much love, and about a restless traveller who yearns for happiness. Compelling writing.’
Vidsja Culture Programme

‘The suspense in this book is that between real romance and narcissism, between lyric poetry and harsh dialogues. There is no evident arc of suspense, yet the story refuses to let you go. Yes, it is these contradictory qualities that continue to entice and convince.’
De Volkskrant

‘It’s virtuoso. So beautiful to read that you do not want to stop.’
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung