The Summer of Diving
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Mirando Bok, 2019
Picture books
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The Summer of Diving

Sara Stridsberg & Sara Lundberg

One day Zoe’s dad is gone. She is told that he has become ill and needs to be in a psychiatric hospital for a long time. When she and her mother go to see him, he says that he can’t handle any visits, he needs to be alone. But Zoe keeps coming anyway, and while waiting for her father to get better, she meets the swimmer Sabina, who becomes her friend.

The Summer of Diving is related to Sara Stridsberg’s acclaimed novel Beckomberga – Ode till min familj (The Gravity of Love – Ode to My Family, 2014). It’s the same mythical place, the same main characters and basic storyline, but portrayed from a child’s point of view, inner world and gaze. It’s a vibrant story about a parent’s lost joy of living and a child’s longing for closeness, but also about the power of dream and imagination. Despite the dark theme, the story is full of humor and lightness.

Sara Stridsberg is an acclaimed author and playwright. With her novel The Gravity of Love – Ode to My Family, she was shortlisted to the prestigious August Prize for the fifth time. Sara Stridsberg got her international breakthrough with Drömfakulteten (The Faculty of Dreams) for which she was awarded the Nordic Council Literature Prize and nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

Sara Lundberg is educated at McDaniel College, USA, and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. She is acknowledged both as an illustrator and as a writer of children’s books and has been nominated to The Nordic Council Literature Award for her works.  She has won the August Prize several times, in 2017 for her critically acclaimed The Bird Within Me Flies Wherever It Wants.

Nominated to the August Prize 2019
White Ravens 2020