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Virtual Book Talk with Jonas Hassen Khemiri

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Category: Education
Start date: 09 Sep 2020 06:00 PM
End date: 09 Sep 2020 08:00 PM
Street / Location: 58 Park Ave
City / town: Manhattan
Country: New York, USA
Organizer: Scandinavia House
Name: Chelsea Salander
Email: chelsea@amscan.org
Phone: 212.779.3587
Homepage: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/the-family-clause/

Jonas Hassen Khemiri, the acclaimed author of Montecore, joins us to discuss The Family Clause, a novel about a family on the verge of collapse, which will be released in English translation beginning on August 25.

Per a longstanding family agreement, a grandfather has maintained his Swedish residency while living abroad by coming to stay with his son every six months. On this visit, in his mind, the son is a failure; the daughter is having a baby with the wrong man; and only the grandfather is perfect—at least, according to himself. But over the course of ten intense days, as relationships unfold and painful memories resurface, the grandfather is confronted by his past, while the daughter is faced with an impossible choice, and the son attempts to write himself free. Can this family clause be renegotiated, or will it chain the family to its past forever?

Through a series of quickly changing perspectives, Jonas Hassen Khemiri evokes an intimate portrait of a chaotic and perfectly normal family, deeply wounded by the death of a child and the disappearance of a father.

“Strung together, engrossing, minute-by-minute passages become layered, and character arcs grows steeper by degrees . . . Depicting his characters’ perceptions of one another, and themselves, Khemiri (Everything I Don’t Remember, 2016) points to universal truths: in this and any family, roles change over time, and, with any luck, so do the people in them.” —Annie Bostrom, Booklist

The moderator will be announced closer to the event; check back to this page for more details. Please send audience questions ahead of the discussion to info@amscan.org. Select questions will be chosen for a Q&A following the conversation. Registration is required; please sign up at the link above.

Books will be available in a new translation from Swedish by Alice Menzies beginning on August 25, 2020 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux; visit the website to learn how to purchase the book.

This program is presented by The American-Scandinavian Foundation and The Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with the American-Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, American Swedish Museum in Chicago, American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, The Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and The Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco .