The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
Four unlikely foreigners gather for a funeral at the top of the world, reciting the Jewish Mourner’s Kadish under the midnight sun of the Norwegian Sea.
In an archipelago above the Arctic Circle, Frances escapes the woes of a young lifetime in Manhattan apprenticing for an artist who paints only in yellow. Assisting her taciturn mentor on a project soon to be appraised by inspectors from KORO, Norway’s public arts commission, the fresh art school graduate adjusts to life in the Leknes Artist Colony—a former mental asylum inhabited only by Frances and Nils, the artist—and the polar summer of endless light. The pair spends their days painting The Yellow Room and its blue exterior, chasing the subtle threshold between sunset and sunrise on midnight drives through Lofoten.