By Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli

The grandmother Gully, her daughter Marianne and her grandchild Annika all struggle with their lives – Gully’s fate creates Marianne’s fate and affects her choices in life, that of course influences the life of Annika. Their lives are more than biologically intertwined, and the demands of motherhood works as a narrative backdrop to the story and crucial questions are: how does one break free from the family pattern? Is it possible to have a bad childhood without becoming a bad person?

Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli manages to raise these questions without moralizing. She has an admirable playfulness in her language; the novel is both humoristic and dark, her way of writing is completely spellbounding.

Rich Boy is a book about women of three generations in Sweden, their stories stretching over almost the entire 20th century. It’s a book about motherhood, childhood and shared traumas. About how past experiences may sometimes cause a halt on your path, making you feel trapped by your own fate, before realizing how to set yourself free.


First published by Natur och Kultur, 2018-05-03


Czech Republic, Argo
Norway, Cappelen Damm
Sweden, Natur & Kultur


Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli’s ‘Rich boy’ will get many readers, which it merits. 

The last page just explodes into the room and the roar echoes still. Is this the most powerful ending to a Swedish novel, ever? I’m lying flat on my back, completely empty, completely full.
Sigge Eklund, author

[…] an unreasonable feminist feel bad novel written with a spoken language prose that hits the mark.

She’s a master at finding images, often very funny and writes unaffectedly but nicely […] The matter-of-factly distance makes the taste of sorrow appear sharp as a razor.

Rich Boy’ is a dark mirror. […] a great novel.

[…] sometimes funny in all the dark. The dialogues are spot on and it’s satisfyingly well-written with an unaffected style.
Sandra Beijer, author

‘Rich Boy’ is a novel that deserves to be read and discussed.
Hufvudstadsbladet (Finland)

Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli excels in the details […]

Brilliant, strong and skilfully written!
Jennies Boklista (blog)

The author’s linguistic refinement and how with just a few words she can capture an entire world of emotions makes me shiver with satisfaction.
Litteraturkvalster & småtankar (blog)

‘Rich boy’ is simple and complex at once […] It’s strong, sore and most of all really good.
I hyllan (blog)

This is an extremely painful read, but so terribly good! I’m completely stunned by the language and formulations and I can’t let go of it. So driven and thought through. Fantastic!
Stories from the city – stories from the sea (blog)

There are sentences you want to save in a box. The language is unsentimental and examining in a way that creates both distance and horrible closeness.
och dagarna går… (blog)