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The Summer of Ellen
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Agnete Friis's lyrical, evocative work of psychological suspense weaves together two periods in one man's life to explore obsession, toxic masculinity, and the tricks we play on our own memory. Jacob, a middle-aged architect living in Copenhagen, is in the alcohol-soaked throes of a bitter divorce when he receives an unexpected call from his great-uncle Anton. In his nineties and still living with his brother on their rural Jutland farm—a place Jacob hasn't visited since the summer of 1978—Anton remains haunted by a single question: What happened to Ellen? To find out, Jacob must return to the farm and confront what took place that summer—one defined by his teenage obsession with Ellen, a beautiful young hippie from the local commune, and the unsolved disappearance of a local girl. In revisiting old friends and rivals, Jacob discovers the tragedies that have haunted him for over forty years were not what they seemed.
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      • bioText: Agnete Friis has co-authored four novels in the award-winning New York Times bestselling Nina Borg series: The Boy in the Suitcase, Invisible Murder, Death of a Nightingale, and The Considerate Killer. She lives in Copenhagen. What My Body Remembers was her solo debut.
        Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov is a Danish to English translator whose previous projects include Susanne Clod Pedersen's Arnulf: A Viking Saga, Marie Tourell Søderberg's Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness, Katja Berger's The Reaper of Souls, and Anette Sams's The Truth about Sugar. She is also SmokeLong Quarterly magazine's guest editor for Danish.
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Agnete Friis's lyrical, evocative work of psychological suspense weaves together two periods in one man's life to explore obsession, toxic masculinity, and the tricks we play on our own memory.

Jacob, a middle-aged architect living in Copenhagen, is in the alcohol-soaked throes of a bitter divorce when he receives an unexpected call from his great-uncle Anton, who is in his nineties and still lives with his brother Anders on their rural Jutland farm—a place Jacob hasn't visited since the summer of 1978.
Anton asks Jacob to answer the question that has haunted them both for decades: What happened to Ellen?
To find out, Jacob must revisit the farm and confront what took place that summer—one defined by his teenage obsession with Ellen, a beautiful young hippie from the local commune who came to stay with Anton and Anders, and the unsolved disappearance of Jacob's classmate's sister. In revisiting old friends and rivals, Jacob...
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Agnete Friis's lyrical, evocative work of psychological suspense weaves together two periods in one man's life to explore obsession, toxic masculinity, and the tricks we play on our own memory.

Jacob, a middle-aged architect living in Copenhagen, is in the alcohol-soaked throes of a bitter divorce when he receives an unexpected call from his great-uncle Anton. In his nineties and still living with his brother on their rural Jutland farm—a place Jacob hasn't visited since the summer of 1978—Anton remains haunted by a single question: What happened to Ellen?

To find out, Jacob must return to the farm and confront what took place that summer—one defined by his teenage obsession with Ellen, a beautiful young hippie from the local commune, and the unsolved disappearance of a local girl. In revisiting old friends and rivals, Jacob discovers the tragedies that have haunted him for over forty years were not what they seemed.
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        December 1, 2018

        Following up her triumphant solo debut, What My Body Remembers, the coauthor of the big-hit Nina Borg series takes embittered architect Jacob to his great-uncle Anton's remote Jutland farm so that he can determine what happened in summer 1978 to beautiful commune dweller Ellen.

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        March 25, 2019
        One evening in Copenhagen, architect Jacob Nielson, the embittered, alcohol-fueled, middle-aged narrator of this bleak standalone from bestseller Friis (the Nina Borg series with Lena Kaaberbøl), shows up at the building where his ex-wife, Kirsten, lives and buzzes her apartment. Not surprisingly, Kirsten doesn’t let him in. Soon afterward, Jacob receives a phone call from his great-uncle Anton Svenningsen, who lives on a farm in Djursland and with whom he’s been out of touch for years. Anton wants his help finding a missing woman named Ellen, and Jacob agrees to return to the farm. Jacob hasn’t spent time in that part of Denmark since the summer of 1978, when he was an excessively autoerotic
        15-year-old obsessed with Ellen, a member of a hippie commune, and with the unsolved disappearance of a friend’s sister. Friis alternates between that summer and Jacob’s present-day search for Ellen, with the emphasis on the dual story of Jacob’s coming-of-age and his midlife crisis. Mainstream readers who can relate to the self-pitying Jacob will be most rewarded.

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        Starred review from May 1, 2019
        Nordic noir gets another complicated, flawed hero who is compelled to explore inner as well as outer mysteries in this second stand-alone (following What My Body Remembers, 2017) by Danish writer Friis, who also coauthors the New York Times best-selling Nina Borg series with Lene Kaaberb�l. This branch of Nordic noir could be called Danish desolate; the settings, in contemporary Copenhagen and on a Jutland farm in 1978, mirror the psychological landscape by focusing on the bleak and challenging. The hero, Jacob, is indeed a melancholy Dane, an alcoholic and failing architect (the metaphor extends subtly and thrillingly to his own life), trying to come to grips with divorce. Jacob's great-uncle Anton asks him to revisit the farm he lives on in low-lying Jutland (the fact that Jutland is flat and beset by high winds is another brilliant atmospheric touch). The ninetysomething Anton wants Jacob to find out what happened to the beautiful Ellen, a hippie who lived on a neighboring commune in the '70s, a girl Jacob loved. Terrible revelation after terrible revelation follows, along with a second mystery, as Jacob tries to confront, and protect himself from, the knowledge of what happened to Ellen.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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