By Åsa Avdic

From Åsa Avdic comes a breathtaking, mysterious and passionate love story filled with the eternal question of what lies here, and what lies in the afterworld, and are they connected? 

ONE MORE LIFE is the irresistible story about two people in the early 20th century USA, after the Great War, who threw themselves into a joint, passionate attempt to prove the existence of the metaphysical, spiritual, world and the chilling consequences that it leads to. And above all about Ruth Doran, a woman with a brilliant mind, once a promising mathematician who was granted a place among the small number of women who were allowed to study at the university. But who was forced to give up her studies for a role as mother and wife, to a much older man, a widower and a friend of her father. A very loveless marriage. 

IT IS THROUGH Ruth’s diary that Avdic introduces the reader to the story. It begins with Thomas Bradford’s disappearance, in February 1921, and then backtracks in a patchwork of chronological cuts to everything that happens, from her answering an ad he placed seeking an assistant two years earlier, to this day when he is gone.

SOMETIMES THROUGH RUTH’S diary entries, sometimes through the author’s all-seeing eye, the story of Thomas and Ruth are told. About Thomas Bradford’s single-minded conviction that the world beyond this can also be defined with the methods of science. About Ruth Doran, who grew up in the delusion that she too has free will, even though she is a woman, and then finds herself trapped in the most classic of women’s traps without really understanding how it happened. Then, as a widow and mother of three, get another chance to flourish as the eccentric Bradford’s research assistant. About how what starts as work is more and more about love for Ruth, about finally falling in love like that, the happiness of surrendering.

First published by Albert Bonnier, Sweden 2023

Czechia, Euromedia
Germany, Arche
Sweden, Albert Bonniers 


Åsa Avdic writes with dancing ease, but with a serious undertone. She deftly leads the reader into the spiritualist movement of the early 20th century, while a story of love emerges from the shadows.
– Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden