ELISE AND EVERYTHING THEREAFTER
By Veronika Malmgren
A novel about three generations of women, motherhood and sisterhood. About inheriting and owning one’s story. Why are those we long for the most the most difficult to reach? Elise grows up in East Prussia. The fall of 1944 the Red Army comes closer and it becomes more and more unsafe for her family to stay at the farmyard.
Much later Marthe travels north together with her boyfriend to set camp at a mire somewhere in the northern forests of Sweden, where he wants to live outside of the society. In 1988 nine year old Annie visits her grandmother in West Germany and observes things which with a child’s view are difficult to understand.
Elise and Everything Thereafter is a story about leaving everything and being forced to start over.