Author Sara Lövestam's Essential Reading After 2017
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Sara Lövestam, born in 1980, teaches Swedish to immigrants. She writes novels for adults, teenagers and very successful grammar books. Her fiction stands out for being original, accessible, and for always focusing on outsiders and marginalized characters, turning them into heroes. Wonderful Feels Like This, her fourth novel, was published in English in 2017.
As 2017 comes to an end, what book could you suggest that people read to reflect on this year’s tumultuous events and why do you recommend it?
I think in times like this it is vital to separate fact from propaganda and science from opinions. It is equally important to seek togetherness and find what unites us, when so many are trying to divide us for personal gain. The book I would like to recommend is My European Family: The First 54,000 Years by Karin Bojs. It is about the history of human kind and the migration waves in Europe thousands of years ago. It is partly personal, because she uses her own DNA in the storytelling. At the same time it is very fact-based, and is a fascinating read on how new DNA technology helps us understand our common heritage.