The Gods

The Gods

Elin Cullhed

Original Title
Natur & Kultur, Stockholm 2016
Young adult
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The Gods

Elin Cullhed

We are Bita, Lilly and Jane. This book isn’t about someone’s mom dying. It’s not about two teens who have cancer. It’s not about another guy falling in love. This book is about us.

Bita, Lilly and Jane are sixteen years old and live in the small town of Tierp. A suburb to outer space where the streets bleed of sleet and nobody fucks up the patriarchy. They’ve outsmarted the anti-pussy system, they are gods now, powerful and acting out – but they’re also lost. Lilly is in a relationship with the school’s Prince Charming. When they become aware of that he in fact beats her, Bita and Jane decide to do something about it. Soon enough they realize that when one problem is out of the way, a thousand remain. They need to take revenge. On dull Tierp, the adult world, and every douchey guy. And they’re going to do it together.


The Gods received Föreningen arbetskrivares literary prize in 2015, with the motivation:

“The text is original, has a fresh perspective and intrigue. There is an appealing play with language, the characters stand out, and the story is also humorous. It has an evident perspective from below, which is at the center of the story – and says something important about Sweden today. Like all good literary writing there is a subtext, and instead of whining it is full of fighting spirit.”

Press voices

"powerful fiction debut" Alice Eggers, Aftonbladet

“One of this year’s strongest Swedish young adult books. With humor and melancholy, Cullhed writes the pants off the patriarchy and its allies” Patrik Lundberg, Aftonbladet

“An on point, smart and well-written debut about the teenage years in a little town called Tierp, in which the patriarchy has long since reigned /.../ Her debut is an absolute knock-out.” New Swedish Books Spring 2016

"A book that totally knocks me out /.../ So on point, burning and grief-provoking” Göteborgs-Posten

”A young, angry, sad and talented debut.” SR Kulturnytt

”Arts critic Elin Cullhed’s debut novel Gudarna is so brutally honest that I initially duck out of fear and grope after a pair of arch-conservative blinders from my bedside table. /.../ A fearless, drastic and raw portrayal of being 16 years old.” SvD