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Where the Oak Still Stands
Sofia Lundberg (b. 1974), a journalist and former magazine editor, made her debut with the word-of-mouth sensation The Red Address Book. Lauded by critics for her ability to sweep readers off their feet and take them on journeys through time and space, love and loss, Lundberg is the shining new star of heartwarming – and heart-wrenching – Scandinavian fiction.
|Shortlisted for the Feel Good Novel of the Year Award Sweden – Ett frågetecken är ett halvt hjärta A Question Mark Is Half a Heart||2019|
|Shortlisted for a Prix des lecteurs Plume Libre (La Plume Romanesque) France – Den röda adressboken The Red Address Book||2019|
|Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Fiction) Germany – Den röda adressboken The Red Address Book||2018|
|Shortlisted for the Suomalainen kirjakauppa Book of the Year Award Finland – Den röda adressboken The Red Address Book||2018|
The Friday Night Club is the title of the upcoming collaborative novel featuring the five bestselling authors Sofia Lundberg, Lucinda Riley, Alyson Richman, Tracy Rees, and M J Rose. Inspired by a recent blockbuster Guggeinheim exhibition, The Friday Night Club is set in Stockholm in the early 1900s, and is a fictionalized account of “The Five,” a group of women artists led by Hilma af Klint, who meet weekly for “artistic and spiritual sustenance.”
The project was kickstarted by US author Alyson Richman after she saw the af Klint exhibition. Af Klint was a mystic and artist, whose revolutionary abstract paintings predated the widely-regarded innovators of the movement like Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian. Yet af Klint’s work was largely ignored until she was rediscovered in the 1980s. Over 600,000 people saw the af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim, which concluded this April and became the most-attended exhibition in the museum’s 82-year history.
The idea for the book came to Richman after she read one of the painting’s captions which said af Klint and her group would meet every Friday. “I was so struck by the beauty of this concept - five women yearning for knowledge, independence, and a deep sense of purpose in the early 1900s, that I instantly felt it would be an incredible collaborative novel,” Richman said. “One where the voices of Hilma and the other four women, who have since been banished into obscurity, could be brought to life.”
Sofia Lundberg adds: “I am proud to be part of a project that raises up some creative women who truly deserve a place in the spotlight of art history. I first learned of Hilma in 2013, when I visited the beautiful exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. I have followed her rising star ever since as her paintings travel the world. When I heard Alysons idea, I said yes right away. I felt like it was meant to be.”
A difficult divorce has left Esther adrift and the weekends without her son are painfully lonely. Every other Saturday she goes to an old oak tree in a meadow by the water. One day, Ruth is there waiting for her – an older lady with a wonderful ability to focus on everything that’s beautiful in life. As Ruth recounts her youth, Esther can’t help but be fascinated by her stories. An unexpected and steadfast friendship blossoms between the two women. But everything isn’t as it seems. What secrets are Ruth hiding? The search for answers takes Esther all the way to Italy and Lake Como, where she begins to see that there is far more to Ruth than she ever let on.
Sofia Lundberg’s Where the Oak Still Stands is a gripping novel about longing, guilt, undying friendship, and finding oneself again after a destructive relationship.
Sofia Lundberg’s A Question Mark Is Half a Heart is No. 3 on the official May bestseller list for translated fiction in Finland.
Sofia Lundberg’s second novel, the heartwarming and moving A Question Mark Is Half a Heart, has been nominated for the Feel Good Festival’s Feel Good Novel of the Year Award. The award will be handed out in connection with the festival, which will take place on August 10th in Mariefred, Sweden.
Readers will be able to vote for their favorite until June 1st, when a jury will choose between the a shortlist comprised of four titles. To vote for your favorite title, click “Read more” below.
Sofia Lundberg’s international hit debut, The Red Address Book, has been shortlisted for a Prix des lecteurs Plume Libre 2019 in France. The category is ‘La Plume Romanesque’ (The Novel Feather), and the vote is open to all readers until February 17th.
To cast your vote, click “Read more” below.
Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book has been chosen as a January 2019 LibraryReads title in the US. Based on the nominations of librarians all across America, the LibraryReads list highlights the most highly anticipated books coming out that month. Brenda O’Brien of Woodridge Public Library, Illinois, gives the following motivation for her choice of Lundbergs’s debut novel:
“A compelling, charming, and ultimately heartwarming read. For fans of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and The Japanese Lover.”
Sofia Lundberg’s debut novel The Red Address Book has been shortlisted for the Suomalainen kirjakauppa Book of the Year Award 2018. Suomalainen kirjakauppa is the biggest bookseller chain in Finland. The winning author and title will be chosen by a jury consisting of Suomalainen kirjakauppa’s employees. The winning author will be announced on November 23rd.
Sofia Lundberg has been nominated for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis 2018. Der Lesepreis is the biggest readers’ choice book award in the German speaking region, and Sofia Lundberg is nominated in the ‘Fiction’ category for her debut novel, The Red Address Book.
Click on “Read more” below to cast your vote. The voting ends on November 27th.
Sofia Lundberg’s new novel, A Question Mark Is Half a Heart, is No. 1 on Adlibris’ bestseller list covering all genres and formats. Adlibris is Sweden’s biggest online book retailer.
Elin Boals has the perfect life. A successful photographer in New York, she’s married to the wonderful Sam and together they have a seventeen-year-old daughter, Alice. But something has always been missing in the picture of their perfect family.
One day, Elin receives a letter from her childhood friend Fredrik, her one true friend and lifeline during her poverty-stricken childhood on the island of Gotland outside Sweden. It’s a voice from the past that Elin has done everything in her power to forget and hide from everyone, even those closest to her. Memories and thoughts come flooding back with this unexpected sign of life. It drives a wedge between Elin and her family and fills her with shame over what she once did, the secret that made her run away from the island and never return.
In the end, Elin realizes that she must face her past to become whole again, and save the family she has now. She sets out on a journey to another continent, but also to another time and another life.
A Question Mark Is Half a Heart is a captivating story about overcoming shame and guilt, about finding oneself and the truth. And in doing so, learning how to love. A Question Mark Is Half a Heart is Sofia Lundberg’s second novel to date.
The breathtaking French trailer for Sofia Lundberg’s novel The Red Address Book is now available on Youtube! The Red Address Book will be published in France on June 1st, by Calmann-Lévy.
Sofia Lundberg’s heart-warming debut novel The Red Address Book is No. 4 on the largest bookstore chain Suomalainen Kirjakauppa’s bestseller list in Finland.
Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes stays at the No. 2 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. It is joined by Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff, which claims No. 5 on the children’s books list, and Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of A Lifetime at No. 6 on the hardcover fiction list. On the e-book list Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book makes a strong first appearance, jumping straight to No. 5.
The official Swedish book trailer for Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book is out! Published by Forum on November 1st, the book is now out in stores in Sweden.
Translation of the video’s text:
Every life holds so much love, happiness and sorrow.
If only we take the time to listen...
Meet 96-year-old Doris in a charming, heart-warming novel about life’s miracles.
The Red Address Book, Sofia Lundberg
The readers’ favorite that’s now been sold to 28 territories!
Life is a string of meetings, each one like a pearl on a necklace. We meet and love, we part ways and reunite, we share in joy and defeat, and we have our hearts broken.
96-year-old Doris has had the same address book since 1928. The little red book holds her very own pearl necklace, the people she has met and loved throughout her life. Now Doris lives alone in an apartment in central Stockholm. Most of the names in her book are crossed over, gone from this world, and her only visitors are from the home care. Doris’ greatest source of joy are the calls from her grandniece Jenny on the other side of the Atlantic. One day Doris begins to write down the story of how she met the people that shaped her life, so that Jenny, who will be the only one to remember Doris, will be able to share her most precious possession: her memories.
Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book took the Swedish blogging community by storm when it was first self-published. Now The Red Address Book is out in a revised hardcover edition, published by Forum.
Sofia Lundberg (b. 1974), a journalist and former magazine editor, is the debut author behind the Swedish word-of-mouth and blog sensation The Red Address Book. Sofia lives in Stockholm with her son.