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

Lo used to be simply six whilst she met thirteen-year-old Lukas the evening a brushfire threatened their group. 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 relations. assembly in mystery at an deserted lake residence, they whiled away their summers within the water and their winters curled up inside of, 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 big apple, 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 early life acts can stake an unimpeachable declare on our older selves, and the way atonement should be wrest from the previous.

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But along came Raymond and I didn’t come back to you, I just didn’t. When you finally got to the bus stop, the bus was just pulling up and your knee was all bloody and the purple barrette that Mom put in your hair was dangling from one little piece of your hair. You budged right in front of all the kids in line for the bus to stand next to me and I pretended you weren’t even there. 38 Heather Gudenkauf When we climbed on the bus, I sat down with Raymond. You just stood in the aisle, waiting for me to scootch over and make room for you, but I turned my back on you to talk to Raymond.

I look out the kitchen window and see Martin and Louis step out of Louis’s car, Martin’s shirt already soaked with the day’s heat. The girls are not with them. Ben will find them. They are of one mind, and he will find them. Deputy Sheriff Louis Martin Gregory and I approach Toni’s front door. Martin has had no luck in locating his daughter or Toni’s, and I am hopeful that the girls will be sitting at the kitchen table eating Toni’s pancakes, or that they have shown up at the Gregorys’ where Fielda waits for them.

When Griff and I found each other, it was such a relief. We could breathe easily, at least for a while. Then things changed, like they always do. Like now, when once again, I can’t find him when I need him. I nervously fold and refold the dish towels from the kitchen drawer and I think I should give my brothers a call, tell them what’s happening. But the thought of putting the fact that T h e We i g h t of S i l e n c e 61 Calli is lost or worse into words is too frightening. I look out the kitchen window and see Martin and Louis step out of Louis’s car, Martin’s shirt already soaked with the day’s heat.

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