Quicksand - Malin Persson Giolito
Already published to great acclaim in Sweden, Quicksand is Malin Persson Giolito’s first book published in the U.S. After a school shooting in a wealthy Stockholm suburb, only one person in the classroom is unharmed. This is Maja, the novel’s central character and narrator, and the sole surviving suspect. We follow her through her trial and her incarceration as well as the events leading up to the tragedy. Most beguiling is the way the story makes you fall in love with Maja, at the same time uncertain of her complicity in the murder. From the courtroom scenes to the portrayal of wealthy disaffected Swedish youth, everything in Quicksand feels spot on.