Fredagsklubben The Friday Night Club
While men have long been credited with producing the first abstract paintings, the true creator was actually a woman – Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, who was inspired by her mystic visions. Acclaimed authors Sofia Lundberg, Alyson Richman, and M.J. Rose bring her story to life in this groundbreaking novel.
Early 1900s: The world belongs to men, and the art world in Stockholm, Sweden, is no different, until Hilma af Klint brings together a mysterious group of female painters and writers–Anna, Cornelia, Sigrid, and Mathilda–to form their own emotional and artistic support system. The members of the Friday Night Club find themselves thrust into uncharted territory when Hilma and her best friend, Anna, begin dabbling in the occult, believing that through séances they can channel unseen spirits to help them achieve their potential as artists. “The Five,” as Hilma referred to them, was a group of immensely talented, fascinating women whose lives and work were cast into obscurity…until now.
The Present: Over a century later, an associate curator at the Guggenheim Museum, Eben Elliot, brings the Hilma af Klint show to New York where he uncovers questions about the Five and how the modern day art world is funded, which puts him in a precarious position both emotionally and professionally, as he witnesses how history can be manipulated.
The Friday Night Club is an illuminating historical novel that explores destiny, passion, and the threads that connect five women as they challenge artistic and societal traditions.
Alyson Richman is a USA Today and #1 international bestselling author. She is an accomplished painter and her novels combine her deep loves of art, historical research, and travel.
M.J. Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in New York City exploring the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park.
“In their important novel, The Friday Night Club, co-authors Sofia Lundberg, Alyson Richman, and M.J. Rose have unearthed the captivating story of the ground-breaking Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, arguably the world’s first abstract artist who may well have inspired male painters like Wassily Kandinksy who typically receive credit for pioneering abstraction. This spell-binding exploration of the life and legacy of a long-forgotten woman and the circle of gifted friends who worked alongside her is a must-read.”
–Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author
“What an intriguing idea: Three wonderful writers come together to write a novel about Hilma af Klint and her artist friends. They explore the question what it means to create art, to be an artist, to stay true to yourself even when you are ignored and rejected. At its heart it is a novel about love, friendship and the mysterious magic of creativity.”
–Jan-Phillipp Sendker, internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heart Beats
“The Friday Night Club has everything I love in a novel: art, history, secrets, mysteries, friendships and love—along with a propulsive narrative. The collaboration of three fantastic female writers—Sofia Lundberg, Alyson Richman and M.J. Rose—about the collaboration of five fantastic female artists and spiritualists, the story bounces between Sweden during the late-nineteenth century and present-day New York City as the reader can’t stop turning the pages. Kudos to Lundberg, Richman and Rose—and many thanks to them for bringing Hilma af Klint to life and giving her the attention her art deserves.”
–B.A. Shapiro, New York Times bestseller of Metropolis and The Art Forger
“[The Friday Night Club] is an entertaining novel, featuring astonishing facts. /…/ The collaborative writing project has paid off, the language flows and the desire to immerse oneself in all things Hilma af Klint and also in Anna Cassel’s biography grows.”
“A successful time structure loop. Interwoven facts, original letters, fictional dialogues and complex descriptions with changing narrative levels. ”
“The three authors have succeeded in creating an engaging, utterly entertaining novel that is a pure pleasure to read [letting the reader] witness the process of making an exhibition and simultaneously be present at the creation of the visual works it will display.”
“Absorbing and unique historical fiction. /…/ Like the best of ‘hard’ historical fiction, the novel is meticulously factual, save in those areas where details remain unknown, which are filled in with fitting and plausible storyline. It is also fitting—and perhaps synchronistic—that it’s a collaboration. /…/ Highly recommended, and don’t fail to google images of Hilma’s art as you read.”
“Based on the real artist, her work, and the four other creative women of De Fem, this historical fiction is a fascinating look at the process behind af Klint’s pioneering vision of abstract art. Readers will also see how society in early 20th-century Sweden affected the choices available to women, especially those in non-traditional roles. /…/ A great choice for discussion that will inspire a deeper look at marginalized women artists. An authors’ note and reader’s guide complete the journey.”
“[A] bracing novel of female empowerment… Using lively dialogue and an engaging narrative voice, authors Lundberg, Richman, and Rose paint an intriguing and feminist-centric portrayal of af Klint and her circle, women who were ahead of their time and unafraid to channel the voices of spirits they believed were guiding af Klint’s work. A lively and illuminating reimagining of an artist whose name we shouldn’t forget.”
“A unique look into five brave, goal-oriented, trailblazing and prejudice-defying women’s lives at the turn of the last century.”
“A thoroughly delightful novel. /…/ A history lesson in lovely feel-good spirit, with extra everything. /…/ The author trio has crafted a well-balanced tale perfectly close to reality, and magically pleasing to read. Excellent fall reading.”
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Canada, Berkley Books
Mexico, Planeta (World Spanish)
Norway, Cappelen Damm
US, Berkley Books