Cassi Cassi

Cassi hadn’t always been drinking instant coffee from a PET bottle for breakfast, or numbed her evenings with a bag-in-box. She had gone from being successful, popular and happy, to being frustrated, depressed and wine-soaked in less than a year.

In an impulsive attempt to escape her life, she accidentally buys a secluded cottage in the countryside. But when she moves in, rumours have already spread that Cassi is an experienced self-help guru.

Instead of explaining the misunderstanding, she decides to embrace her new role and begins guiding the locals through their various problems. She creates a new existence with improvised forms of therapy, makeshift yoga and magical stones, and, to her surprise, a few really good friends.

But when has a life built on lies ever been a good idea?

Cassi is a book about hitting rock bottom and finding your way back, written with both humor and darkness.


“It is clever, it is funny, but above all, it is a tender portrayal of the one thing all humans truly have in common: Loneliness.”
– Fredrik Backman.


  • “Johanna Swanberg debuts with a clever feelgood novel. /…/ [In which she] also succeeds with the remarkable task of evoking sympathy for Cassi’s shifty healing-business (…). It’s funny and very moving.”

    Femina, Sweden

  • “[Cassi is] a thought-provoking page-turner – and it’s funny too!”

    TV4 Nyhetsmorgon, Sweden

  • “In many ways, Cassi is a classic feelgood novel centered around a career woman who moves from the big city to a small town to find herself. But Johanna Swanberg’s novel also has a touch of darkness which offers a good balance. It is an entertaining read, suitable for both the classic feelgood reader and one who usually wouldn’t pick up a book like this.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “The story about Cassi, (…) has great energy and takes unexpected turns. Despite Cassi being a fraud, she becomes a positive catalyst in many people’s lives. Lovely about relationships that get a chance to grow and evolve.”

    Amelia, Sweden

  • “Johanna Swanberg’s debut Cassi delivers both darkness and humour.”

    Tara, Sweden

  • “The story about Cassi (…) has great momentum and takes unexpected turns. /…/ Beautiful about relationships that get the chance to grow and transform.”

    M-magasin, Sweden

  • “A strong narrative about a somewhat destructive woman and her trials and tribulations in achieving a functioning life.”

    Nya Wermlands-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “[Cassi is] an incredibly good and funny book. /…/ It is absurd, in a good way. You love Cassi. /…/ The language is really good. /…/ A very entertaining read. I laughed out loud a number of times and cried at the end. /…/ [Cassi] is amazing.”

    The Bokklubb Podcast, Sweden

  • “I have always been impressed by (and a bit jealous of) journalists who dare to write a novel. Read Johanna Swanberg’s bittersweet debut Cassi, a novel about sinking to the bottom and getting back on your feet. Funny, tender, and human!”

    SvD Perfect Guide, Sweden

Johanna Swanberg
  • Fiction
Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Germany, Hoffmann und Campe

Norway, Gyldendal

Poland, Wielka Litera

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

UK, Hutchinson Heinemann (World English)

Ukraine, KM Books

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