Katarina Elg is young and free. She adores falling in love, but
lasting closeness frightens her and she cannot accept being tied
down. Independance is more precious than anything else. Then she
becomes pregnant and decides, surprisingly perhaps, to keep the
baby. Her mother, Elizabeth, is supportive, but her lover reacts
violently, beating her because he thinks her pregnancy no accident
and that she was trying to trap him. Katarina remembers her
childhood, how she watched her mother being systematically abused,
and feels that her experience is part of a pattern. She wonders,
can violence be inherited? If so, can it be inherited among victims
as well as perpetrators? These thoughts lead her to approach her
mother, and the two women open up to each other as the past is
confronted and explored. In her new novel, Marianne Fredriksson
explores how personalities are shaped by experience; the deep bonds
between mothers and daughters; and how we can only grow through our
relationships with others.
Orion Publishing Co
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