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ISBN-10: 1590518306
ISBN-13: 9781590518304
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Publish Date: 06/13/2017
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 0.80" H

A Fortune Foretold

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Overview

Agneta Pleijel writes a painful yet humorous autobiographical novel about childhood in the aftermath of World War II.

A prophecy is received by a beloved aunt, a prophecy that her young niece eagerly waits to see fulfilled.

The story takes place in the 1950s in the suburbs of Stockholm, in the university town of Lund, and in the United States. Neta’s childhood is in disarray. She reads–words give form to the vagueness of existence–and is busy thinking about the female sex, family, and the stupendous diversity of people in the world. Her father, a mathematician, and her mother, a musician, are in constant conflict, but
she loves them both. Gradually Neta realizes that she’s grown up in a lie and that she must step carefully through the war zone of her parents’ marriage.

This is an insightful tale about the search for truth, morality, and a place of your own in the world.

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Reviews
"Deeply inquisitive... A delicate study of a young girl's maturation, airy and filled with imagery of light...funny, familiar, and profound." -KIRKUS REVIEWS

"...Pleijel's fictional autobiography is distinctly written, melancholic in tone, yet there is hope and humor behind the darkness. [A FORTUNE FORETOLD] will strike a chord with lovers of literary historical fiction and those interested in exploring adolescence and the human condition in an evocative time and place." -BOOKLIST

"Lucidly written autobiographical novel from distinguished Swedish author/critic Pleijel...readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories will appreciate how Pleijel refreshes the trop, realistically giving us a young heroine who understands the world in bits and pieces, as if flying through clouds." -LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Poignant with humble prose, Pleijel's memoir reflects upon feelings and questions both familiar and relatable as she grows to understand life and people in wholly different ways." -WORLD LITERATURE TODAY

"It sometimes happens that a writer manages to find and swing open the well-hidden doors to the very heart of their literary passions and expressions. This is what acclaimed Swedish poet, playwright and novelist Agneta Pleijel has managed to do. The result is a brave, beautiful and engaging tale of a young woman navigating the potentially treacherous waters between the erotic cravings of the adolescent body and the poetic hunger of the literary and intellectual mind." -Göran Rosenberg, author of A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz

"[A Fortune Foretold's] dissociated narrative style...adroitly complements the narrator's striving to reassemble and reconcile a distant, chaotic, peripatetic life. Highly recommended." -HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW

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Details

ISBN-10: 1590518306
ISBN-13: 9781590518304
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Publish Date: 06/13/2017
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 0.80" H
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