Edited by Nathan Larson & Carl-Michael Edenborg
In this clever and thought provoking selection of short stories one is sure to find the dark side of Stockholm. Normally, when I think of Sweden I think of something modern, light, airy and beautiful but, this collection shows that there is another side altogether. It's dark, shadowy, gritty and full of disillusionment.
Some of my favorite stories included The Splendors and Miseries of a Swedish Crime Writer, in which the main character gets more than he bargained for with his writing career. Still in Kallhäll, shows that no matter how hard Klas tried, he couldn't find a way to his dream location. In Black Ice, the children who want a parent to move to a retirement home for selfish reasons, have no idea of the harm they will cause in the end. There are many more stories included that will show the reader a darker, edgier side of life to Stockholm than they have probably seen before. Overall, its an engaging look at what lurks under the surface when the veil is pulled back from the beautiful facade.
Thanks to Akashic Books for allowing me to read an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.