Ola Larsmo will be at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago on Monday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. for a discussion and signing of his new book, Swede Hollow: A Novel.
Gustaf and Anna Klar and their three children dream of starting over when they leave Sweden for New York, finally settling in a cluster of rough-hewn shacks in a deep, wooded ravine on the edge of St. Paul, Minnesota. This haunting story of a real place echoes the larger challenges of immigration in the twentieth century and today.
“Ola Larsmo presents a sober and realistic portrayal of the suffering and hardships that awaited Swedish immigrants after they arrived in America. Swede Hollow is a moving, at times harrowing, always convincing novel on a truly epic scale.” —Steve Sem-Sandberg, author of The Emperor of Lies
\”Here’s a novel that makes the epic intimate and the intimate profound and enduring. You’ll no sooner forget these characters than you will your own kinfolk, and if you’re like me, you will love them much the same.” —Peter Geye, author of Wintering
“Deeply researched and full of memorable moments. Ola Larsmo writes with sympathy and grace, and his tale is a quiet epic, full of wonder and dreams and loss. Not to be missed.” —Larry Millett, author of Metropolitan Dreams
Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/swede-hollow.