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Swede Hollow Book Launch with Ola Larsmo

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Please join us for the Minneapolis launch of Ola Larsmo’s Swede Hollow, translated by Tiina Nunnally. There will be a talk and reading followed by a Q&A, reception and book signing.

About Swede Hollow

When the Klar family leaves Sweden for New York in 1897, they take with them a terrible secret and a longing for a new life. Their dream of starting over is nearly crushed at the outset, until an unexpected gift allows them to make one more desperate move, this time to the Midwest and a place called Swede Hollow.

Their new home is a cluster of shacks on the edge of St. Paul, Minnesota, inhabited by other immigrants. The men hire on as day laborers or work at the nearby brewery, and the women clean houses or work in factories. Outsiders malign Swede Hollow as unsanitary and dangerous, but the Klar family and their neighbors persevere in this neglected corner of the city—and consider it home.

Extensively researched and beautifully written, Ola Larsmo’s award-winning novel vividly portrays a family and a community determined to survive. There are hardships and indignities, but also acts of kindness and moments of joy. This haunting story of a real place echoes the larger challenges of immigration in the twentieth century and today.

$15 ASI members / $20 non-members


For information, call 612-871-4907

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