The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
Two stories that begin in Brooklyn come together outside the Viking Museum in the remote northern reaches of Norway above the Arctic Circle. Yasha came to Brooklyn from Russia ten years ago with his father. In Brighton Beach they started a successful bakery and had a good life, but his father never stopped missing his wife that stayed behind in their home country. When Yasha and his father return to Russia tragedy strikes and Yasha must journey to the end of the world. Frances has broken up with her boyfriend, finds out her parents are getting a divorce and her sister is getting married. Needing to get away from it all she takes an art internship in Lofoten Norway to apprentice to Nils who is painting an entire barn, inside and out, with murals all done in shades of yellow to represent the land and the midnight sun. When Frances and Yasha meet on the Norwegian islands stories meld and reveal themselves.
This is a coming of age and fish out of water story. It is also a family drama and a young romance. I enjoyed the way the author wove the story and made the strange circumstances realistic. The two young adults from Brooklyn are lost, charmed and found by the locals and the land they find that summer in a stark land where the sun never really sets.