A celebrated bestseller in Sweden, and the winner of the prestigious Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize, The White City is a novel "with a vulnerability that brings to mind Cormac McCarthy’s The Road" (Expressen) about a criminal’s girlfriend left alone to pick up the pieces of her imploding existence
The White City
978-0-8021-2595-8 • $16.00 • Forthcoming in Paperback • Feb. 2017
Karolina Ramqvist has been hailed as "one of Sweden’s truly interesting young writers" (Dagens Nyheter) with a powerful new literary voice on contemporary issues of female sexuality, commercialization, and belonging. An immediate bestseller upon publication, The White City is an arresting novel of betrayal and empowerment from a bold, fearless writer.
Karin knew what she was getting herself into when she fell for John, a high-flying criminal and the love of her life. But she never imagined things would turn out like this: John is gone and the coke-filled parties, seemingly endless flow of money, and high social status have been replaced by cut telephone lines, cut heat, and cut cash. All that remains of Karin’s former life is the big house he bought for herand his daughter, the child Karin once swore she would never bring into their dangerous world. Now Karin is alone with baby Dream, and the old promise of "the family" has proved alarmingly empty. As the authorities zero in on organized crime, John’s shady legacy is catching up with her, and the house is about to be seized. Over the course of a few nerve-racking days, Karin is forced to take drastic measures in order to claim what she considers rightfully hers.
With slow-burning psychological suspense and a dreamlike atmosphere, The White City is an intimate portrayal of one woman’s struggle to pull herself up from the paralyzing depths of despair and an unflinching examination of what it means to lose controlover your body, your life, and your fate.