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Let's Hope for the Best by Carolina Setterwall

Let's Hope for the Best

Carolina Setterwall

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Circus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 13 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781526604910

The last night, I fall asleep believing we have thousands of days ahead of us. We don't. This night is our last night. One evening, Carolina says good night to her partner, Aksel. Things have been tough for both of them recently, especially with an eight-month-old son to raise. So when Aksel dies unexpectedly in the night, Carolina's world is turned upside down.

4 stars out of 5
8 Jun 2019

"A novel about the making and ending of life "

Intense and relentlessly navel-gazing, this debut by 40-year-old Swedish writer Carolina Setterwall may be billed as an autobiographical novel but is quite simply one of the best bereavement memoirs I’ve read. 


4 stars out of 5
Stephanie Cross
6 Jun 2019

" every spare, controlled sentence has the ring of truth"

This Scandinavian bestseller was based on tragic real events, so it’s not surprising that every spare, controlled sentence has the ring of truth...

This painfully clear-sighted, unsentimental novel is in two alternating parts; one detailing the years leading up to Aksel’s death, the other everything that comes after. It’s about grief in all its raw messiness, but it’s also (as how could it not be?) about time. The anniversaries of love and loss loom large, but more striking is Carolina’s agonised awareness of how she pushed the pace with the reluctant Aksel.

Setterwall’s refusal to impose twists or false neatness is at first admirable then, as a fragile new love begins to blossom for Carolina, gripping.