By Elin Persson

Lea and Jelena. And a summer that changed everything. When Lea’s dad meets Zofia she gets a sister. Lea is drawn to the indomitable and independent Jelena – she is everything that Lea isn’t. Upstairs in the townhouse a claustrophobic world emerges, where boundaries and bodies are explored and violated. All while the eyes of grown-ups are turned elsewhere and the summer outside only continues.

”I often think about the row of townhouses. Of Jelena’s hands. Of the wall-to-wall carpet outside of her room, which was soft and pressed up between the toes. Jelena’s room was to the left, mine to the right. In the middle, a blue bathroom, an abyss. Jelena called the color hooker-blue.”  

The Summer is Elin Persson’s first novel for adults. 

To be published by Wahlström & Wistrand, January 2023

Sweden, Wahlström & Wistrand