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

  • “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

Germany, Hoffmann und Campe

Norway, Gyldendal

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Ukraine, KM Books

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