From the author of The Red Address Book,
a captivating story about overcoming shame and guilt, about finding oneself and the truth—and in doing so, learning how to love
Elin Boals seems to have the perfect life. A successful fashion photographer in New York, she has a picture-perfect family: her wonderful husband, Sam, and their seventeen-year-old daughter, Alice. But when Elin receives a drawing of stars from her childhood friend Fredrik—her lifeline during her poverty-stricken childhood on the island of Gotland outside Sweden—she tries to ignore it in order to focus on what is at hand: her marriage is on the rocks, and she can't bring herself to go to couples therapy. Fredrik’s is a voice from the past that Elin has done everything in her power to forget and hide from even those closest to her. With Fredrik’s letter, memories of Sweden and the people she left behind come flooding back—the secrets and the final terrible act that compelled Elin to run from the island and never return—driving a deeper wedge between Elin and her family.
Elin realizes that the only way to save the family she has now is to reconcile herself, Sam, and Alice with her true history. It’s time to go back, in spite of painful memories. Alternating between present and past, New York and Sweden, Sofia Lundberg traces a bittersweet, heartwarming, and surprising journey to reconciliation, to another continent, and toward finding a true sense of home.