A debut novel that portrays strong friendship, marginalization, longing, grief, and belonging with warm humor and scrupulous social criticism.
It’s a coming-of-age novel about Rayan, who is in that period of transition between junior high and high school, and a collective novel about young adults in Botkyrka, a suburb to Stockholm, their living conditions and hopes and dreams. A large story that evokes laughter as well as tears, and stays with the reader for a long time after.
Nora Khalil was born in 1997 and works as a teacher. She has received Tensta Konsthalls Prize for her writing.
”Here we find expressions for that feeling of alienation but also a liberating self-distance” BTJ
“…only a few have succeeded in bringing the lives of the young people in the village to life like Nora Khalil” Shora Esmailian, Helsingborgs Dagblad
“Nora Khalil does not underestimate youth, she dares to give space to the stories that burn. She believes in her readers’ ability to cope with the difficult and to find comfort and tools for resistance and survival” Nioosha Shams, Aftonbladet
“Brilliant debut in which the suburban language sparkles expressively” Dagens Nyheter
“I will remember Nora Khalil’s debut novel because I hear the boys’ voices in my head long after I have finished the book” Vi läser
- Nominated for the August Prize 2022
Motivation: "Spoken word poet Nora Khalil excels as a novelist in this portrayal of Alby in the 2020s. A multitude of voices appear in the brilliantly written dialogues. A deportation order approaches like a dark cloud, and friendships deepen. With poetic concision and liberatingly sharp humour, the author navigates between joy and desperate sadness."