By Marcus Jarl

What are you willing to sacrifice to find yourself?
Lina Råman works as a nurse at the neonatal ward at the local hospital. Her life is filled with dramatic births, incubators, neverending night shifts and distressed parents. She longs for children of her own, but her husband  Samuel, has been clear that he doesn’t want any. Instead he spends his time sneaking into the closet and peeking into the hidden shoebox lying there, where Lina has stored pictures of her first boyfriend, and perhaps the love of her life – Ted, the one who just disappeared. Then one day Ted returns, he only has three months left to live and he wants to spend them with Lina. A wish that puts enormous pressure on the marriage between Samuel and Lina.

Lina needs to know what happened that day all those years ago, when Ted just disappeared. Reluctantly Samuel comes to terms with the fact that this is the only option for both him and Lina to move on.  Your Colors Were Blue is a novel about wanted confessions and the burning truth. And also about hope, rediscovered passion and fierce love. 

First published by Norstedts, 2021

Denmark, Lindhardt & Ringhof
Norway, Bonnier Norsk
Serbia, Laguna
Sweden, Norstedts

Your Colors Were Blue by Marcus Jarl was awarded the prize for “Feelgood of the year” in 2021. It is a novel about relationships that definitely challenges the boundaries of the genre with its strong depictions of psycological pain and death. But at the end, it gives the reader hope in the human ability to heal.

Definitely one of the best books this year

Your Colors Were Blue is filled with strong emotions and relatable on many levels. It is the kind of novel that simply won’t let go after you have finished reading.

I have never read anything like this. Marcus Jarl describes emotions in a way that goes straight to my soul.
My Thulin, Ett litet kapitel

An amazing read. I cried so much I could barely see the words.
Akademibokhandeln Skellefteå 

A novel with emotions that catches a hold of me and doesn’t let go.
Strömstads tidning

Winner of Feelgood of the Year 2021
Shortlisted for The Adlibris Prize 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel award 2021