The Red Address Book
by Sofia Lundberg
Pub Date 08 Jan 2019
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The global fiction sensation—publishing in 32 countries around the world—that follows 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come...
Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny—her American grandniece, and her only relative—give her great joy and remind her of her own youth.
When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past—working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War—can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris’s life?
A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us, The Red Address Book introduces Sofia Lundberg as a wise—and irresistible—storyteller.
A Note From the Publisher
Indie Next nomination deadline: November 5; Library Reads nomination deadline: November 20
“Written with love, told with joy. Very easy to enjoy.”—Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove
"The Red Address Book is a love letter to the human heart. Full of tenderness and empathy, Lundberg has created more than just a novel—she has created a window into the soul."—Alyson Richman, internationally bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours
“A warm and tender story about life, memories, and the power of love and friendship. A novel with heart and humor!”—Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
“Sofia Lundberg has written a wonderful debut. The story of the life of Doris is told with a whole lot of love. It is full of warmth and compassion.”—Jan-Philipp Sendker, author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats