"Reading this felt like being doused with and then lulled by the waves of an Arctic sea; so many startling and poignant observances of a passionate partnership on the brink of parenthood, I could have read ten books about our nameless protagonist."
Working as a cook on a merchant ship, a woman comes to know and love Samsa, a woman who gives her the nickname "Boulder." When Samsa gets a job in Reykjavik and the couple decides to move there together, Samsa decides that she wants to have a child. She is already forty and can't bear to let the opportunity pass her by. Boulder is less enthused, but doesn't know how to say no-and so finds herself dragged along on a journey that feels as thankless as it is alien.