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The Gravity of Love

Narrated by: Kristin Milward
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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A dazzlingly inventive and acclaimed novel set in a Stockholm psychiatric hospital - by one of Sweden's most exciting literary talents.

'I'll put my head in the oven so you know where I am,' he whispers, kissing her neck.

Jim - charming, captivating, much loved by his women friends - has attempted suicide several times. Over his period of incarceration at the Beckomberga hospital for the mentally unstable, he voices his determination to succeed. Someday soon, he tells his daughter - as he has earlier told his mother and his wife - he will swallow 60 tablets, help them down with a bottle of whisky, and swim impossibly far out into the Atlantic.

Will he, really? This question plagues Jim's daughter, the narrator of this powerful novel, who is as addicted to the hospital as her father is to alcohol. Through her subtle observations, we understand the emotional needs of diehard alcoholics, the rational uxoricide and other seemingly normal inhabitants of a psychiatric unit in the process of shutting down, depriving them of the only place they have known as home.

A Magic Mountain for our times, for listeners of Eimear McBride and Alexander Masters.

©2016 Sara Stridsberg. Translation. Deborah Bragan-Turner (P)2016 WF Howes Ltd

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