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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.
Sofia Lundberg’s A Question Mark Is Half a Heart is one of Iceland’s top sellers this summer, featuring on Eymundsson’s bestseller lists for six weeks straight and landing a No. 4 spot on the paperback list as well as a No. 5 one on the comprehensive list. Eymundsson is Iceland’s largest chain of bookstores.
Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book celebrates 6 months as an official German bestseller on Der Spiegel’s lists. Lundberg’s debut novel has now entered its 26th consecutive week on the lists. Her second novel, A Question Mark Is Half a Heart, is also a long-running bestseller in Germany. It has now been a bestseller for 14 weeks.
Lina Bengtsdotter and Sofia Lundberg are officially winners in the March selection for the 2020 Prix des Lecteurs du Livre de Poche. Bengtsdotter’s debut suspense novel For the Missing was voted the winner of the ‘crime & thriller’ category, while Lundberg’s The Red Address Book won in the ‘literary’ category. They are now competing in the grand finale taking place in September.
Lina Bengtsdotter and Sofia Lundberg are both nominated for a 2020 Prix des Lecteurs du Livre de Poche in France. Bengtsdotter’s For the Missing is one of three books in the running for the ‘crime & thriller’ category’s award, while Lundberg’s novel The Red Address Book is nominated in the ‘literary’ category. Readers will have until the end of the month to vote for a finalist that will then compete in the grand finale in September.
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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.