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Swede Hollow

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Category: Entertainment
Start date: 19 Oct 2019 01:00 PM
End date: 19 Oct 2019 03:00 PM
Street / Location: 58 Park Avenue
City / town: New York
Country: New York, USA
Organizer: Scandinavia House
Name: Chelsea Salander
Email: chelsea@amscan.org
Phone: 212.847.9729
Homepage: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/swede-hollow/

Swedish author Ola Larsmo joins us to discuss his latest book Swede Hollow, a riveting family saga immersed in the gritty, dark side of Swedish immigrant life in America in the early 20th century.

When Gustaf and Anna Klar and their three children leave Sweden for New York in 1897, they take with them a terrible secret and a longing for a new life. But their dream of starting over is nearly crushed at the outset: a fire devastates Ellis Island just as they arrive, and the relentlessly harsh conditions and lack of work in the city make it impossible for Gustaf to support his family. But an unexpected gift allows the Klars to make one more desperate move, this time to the Midwest and a place called Swede Hollow.

Extensively researched and beautifully written, Larsmo's award-winning novel vividly portrays a family and a community determined to survive, as hardships, indignities, and harrowing encounters are accompanied by acts of loyalty and kindness, and moments of joy. This haunting story of characters often absent from the familiar stories of Swedish American history echoes the larger challenges of immigration in the 20th century on to today.

This event has been made possible in part through the generous support of the Consulate General of Sweden.