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By Anne Swärd

Within the culture of Housekeeping and Tinkers, award-winning Swedish writer Anne Swärd's American debut blends the lyricism of stripling with the darker wants of age.

Lo was once simply six whilst she met thirteen-year-old Lukas the evening a brushfire threatened their neighborhood. either the youngsters of immigrants, either wild with love for the land, theirs was once a simple friendship regardless of the fierce injunctions of Lo's kin. assembly in mystery at an deserted lake condo, they whiled away their summers within the water and their winters curled up within, reenacting discussion from their favourite film, Breathless.

How a friendship so blameless and pure—and so strictly forbidden—could be destroyed is a secret that unfolds throughout Lo's travels from Berlin to Copenhagen to manhattan, from tryst to tryst, as she turns out fated to roam the skin international she blames for tearing her and Lukas aside. Haunting, resonant, filled with humor and heartrending intensity, Breathless explores how formative years acts can stake an unimpeachable declare on our older selves, and the way atonement may be wrest from the earlier.

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No-­ further: ah-no: dammit: Bercheev, Berendeev, Berneev, Berseev; no further, my old chap; here: Budaev, Bugaev . . Bykaenko! " "Hee-hee-hee! " "I've found it! " "Here he is"-the surprised and joyful whisper carries-"Vasily lvanych Bykaenko. . " "Public figure. . " Papochka 19 The whisper becomes louder: "Professor! " And the whisper becomes an exclamation: "Eh. . heh-heh-heh: hee-hee: hee- hee. . " "Now that is something ! " "A liberal, an Austriophile! " "Hee-hee-hee. " . And leaping up, he passes back and forth on the run from excitement behind the thin wall, lights a candle, and quickly runs past the nursery into the dark little room; there to discuss that which had just been learned; there- he locks himself up:- -1 know: already:-in a skipping handwriting, striving to get into the book, our acquaintances begin to drop in ,-all of them, all (Berendeevs, Berenyovs, Burnyovs, Bemilins, Bemiches, Berpovs, Bershes, Berseevs-many hundreds of them !

And you think: "Papochka . . " Yes, the brazen book threatened the drawing room ; as if it were all together an afterthought; oppressed by the collapses of books, Papa came up with the thought to erect a bookshelf: straight into the drawing room. Ai, what happened then! " Papa whispered something of "one' s own" relative to the shelf, methodically slicing his own phrases in the air with a paperknife, which he bore everywhere with him, just like a book, so that his opinion relative to the shelf would lay down before us as obviously as an open book: "Well then .

Papochka 19 The whisper becomes louder: "Professor! " And the whisper becomes an exclamation: "Eh. . heh-heh-heh: hee-hee: hee- hee. . " "Now that is something ! " "A liberal, an Austriophile! " "Hee-hee-hee. " . And leaping up, he passes back and forth on the run from excitement behind the thin wall, lights a candle, and quickly runs past the nursery into the dark little room; there to discuss that which had just been learned; there- he locks himself up:- -1 know: already:-in a skipping handwriting, striving to get into the book, our acquaintances begin to drop in ,-all of them, all (Berendeevs, Berenyovs, Burnyovs, Bemilins, Bemiches, Berpovs, Bershes, Berseevs-many hundreds of them !

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