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SWEDE HOLLOW event at the East Side Freedom Library with Ola Larsmo

When Oct 10, 2019
from 04:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, MN 55106
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Swede Hollow (Ola Larsmo)Ola Larsmo will be at the East Side Freedom Library on Thursday, October 10 at 4:30 p.m. for a walking tour of Swede Hollow followed by a reading and signing of his new book, Swede Hollow: A Novel. You are welcome to come for the reading alone or for both the walking tour and the reading. More information about the tour can be found here.


Gustaf and Anna Klar and their three children dream of starting over when they leave Sweden for New York, finally settling in a cluster of rough-hewn shacks in a deep, wooded ravine on the edge of St. Paul, Minnesota. This haunting story of a real place echoes the larger challenges of immigration in the twentieth century and today.


"Larsmo's (Deceit, 2012) sobering, realistic portrayal of Swedish immigration to America pulls readers into a richly detailed world peopled with unforgettable characters. Extensively researched and beautifully translated, Larsmo's novel is the epic story of a family and a community struggling to survive and an intimate look at the complexities of immigration." —Booklist

"Deeply researched and full of memorable moments, Swede Hollow is the powerful story of a family who makes the long journey to St. Paul from Sweden in the 1890s and struggles to create new lives for themselves in a hidden quarter of the city. Ola Larsmo writes with sympathy and grace, and his tale is a quiet epic, full of wonder and dreams and loss. Not to be missed." —Larry Millett, author of Metropolitan Dreams

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