Anne Swärd Breathless

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In the tradition of Housekeeping and Tinkers, award-winning Swedish author Anne Swärd’s American debut blends the lyricism of youth with the darker desires of age.

Lo was just six when she met thirteen-year-old Lukas the night a brushfire threatened their community. Both the children of immigrants, both wild with love for the land, theirs was an easy friendship despite the fierce injunctions of Lo’s family. Meeting in secret at an abandoned lake house, they whiled away their summers in the water and their winters curled up inside, reenacting dialogue from their favorite film, Breathless.

How a friendship so innocent and pure—and so strictly forbidden—could be destroyed is a mystery that unfolds across Lo’s travels from Berlin to Copenhagen to New York, from tryst to tryst, as she seems fated to roam the outside world she blames for tearing her and Lukas apart. Haunting, resonant, full of humor and heartrending depth, Breathless explores how childhood acts can stake an unimpeachable claim on our older selves, and how atonement might be wrest from the past.

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Anne Swärd has received several awards for her fiction as well as an August Prize nomination. She lives with her family in Skåne, Sweden. Deborah Bragan-Turner is a bookseller and translator. She lives in Beziers, France.

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Lo is only seven when she meets Lukas, who is 13, and the two become improbable friends, to the consternation of Lo’s family, who don’t trust the boy’s motivation. Yet there is an innocence to their increasingly intense friendship as the two grow up together—until they take a surprise trip to Copenhagen, where something happens that changes their friendship forever. As in their favorite movie, Breathless, there will be a subsequent ­betrayal that shocks the reader and transforms Lo into a Bohemian vagabond, traveling from empty tryst to empty tryst and carrying with her an unread letter from Lukas that, if only she had read it, might have changed things. But, as she thinks, childhood is not a place to which you can return. Swärd’s novel is a closely observed study in character and the sometimes capricious, sometimes careless, but life-changing choices that people make. Unfortunately, many of these choices seem to be unmotivated or driven, perhaps, by fate in a novel that often seems emotionally arid. Though its ending is dramatically unsatisfying, this Swedish import will nevertheless satisfy fans of character-driven international fiction. --Michael Cart

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