Translated from the Swedish by Saskia Vogel
A COMING-OF-AGE STORY FROM ONE OF SWEDEN’S HOTTEST YOUNG AUTHORS
A story of desire, innocence, and experience unfolds against the beautiful backdrop of southern Sweden’s coast. When the narrator arrives in a small town to visit his dying grandmother, he meets a young woman eager to share a secret with him. The narrator grapples with his inability to explain his misgivings to the young woman, who is both pretty—but not “miss your bus” pretty—and at turns charming, repulsive, pathetic, and willful. Where the Hollyhocks Come From is a twisting and complex monologue exploring attraction and revulsion.
is author of the novel Hey Dolly, which made her Sweden’s most acclaimed author of 2008. Her second novel, Welcome to This World, was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the August Prize with the praise, “it’s intense, it’s innovative and it’s utterly wonderful.” Her latest novel, All Those Things I Said to You Were True, completes her trilogy about three young women and their defiant attitude toward identity and the outside world. Svensson also works as a cultural journalist. She was born in 1987 and lives in Malmö.