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“The Family Clause” – Virtual Book Talk with Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 6:00pm

Jonas Hassen Khemiri, the acclaimed author of Montecore, is joining Scandinavia House for a talk on The Family Clause, a novel about a family on the verge of collapse. The conversation will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m. Central Time.

Please send audience questions ahead of the discussion to Select questions will be chosen for a Q&A following the conversation. Registration is required; please sign up at the link below.

Books will be available in a new English translation from Swedish by Alice Menzies beginning on August 25 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

This program is presented by The American-Scandinavian Foundation and The Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with the American-Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, American Swedish Museum in Chicago, American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, The Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and The Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco.

About the book:

Per a longstanding family agreement, a grandfather has maintained his Swedish residency while living abroad by coming to stay with his son every six months. On this visit, in his mind, the son is a failure; the daughter is having a baby with the wrong man; and only the grandfather is perfect—at least, according to himself. But over the course of ten intense days, as relationships unfold and painful memories resurface, the grandfather is confronted by his past, while the daughter is faced with an impossible choice, and the son attempts to write himself free. Can this family clause be renegotiated, or will it chain the family to its past forever? Through a series of quickly changing perspectives, Jonas Hassen Khemiri evokes an intimate portrait of a chaotic and perfectly normal family, deeply wounded by the death of a child and the disappearance of a father.


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