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Originally released in Australia, Burial Rites: A Novel by Hannah Kent is set in 1829 Iceland and inspired by a true story from Scandinavian history. Agnes, a farmhand, is sentenced to execution for murdering her master, and since there aren't any prisons nearby, she awaits the day at a local family's farm. The book weaves together Agnes's confessions to a young priest and her relationships with the family to paint a full picture of her tragic and controversial punishment.

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