The Book Club at the End of the World (Bokcirkeln vid världens ände)
Sweden: LB Förlag
Nominations and Awards
Shortlisted for this year's Feel-Good at the Swedish Adlibris Award 2019
Swedish descendant Madeleine Grey moves to Ljusskär in Skåne on a sunny spring day. She is back to intern at the popular Freedom Church, but her stay ends abruptly when she, only a few weeks in, suddenly packs her bag and disappears without a trace. Thirty years later her sister Patricia receives an anonymous letter containing Madeleine’s necklace and decides to return to the small coastal town for a last attempt to find her sister.
Patricia checks in to the only hotel in Ljusskär – Mona’s Bed, Breakfast & Books, where many of the residents gather to gossip and eat Mona’s famous Seaweed Buns. Pretty soon Patricia befriends a divergent group of women that are linked together through their Book Club. In between their conversations about literature, love and marriage problems, they begin to examine Madeleine’s mystical disappearance. Everyone in the small town, however, is not as accommodating and Patricia soon realizes that her questions tear up old wounds.
What really happened to Madeleine on that late summer evening, and what dark secrets are the people of Ljusskär trying to hide?
The Book Club at the End of the World is a charming and hopeful story about how love and friendship can heal old wounds and help someone find a new beginning.
Top listed and loved by the readers!
”Frida Skybäck captures the very essence with the joy of reading in a way that warms the heart. The Book Club at the End of the World is a book that is bursting with reader’s joy!” – Johannas Deckarhörna, book blog
"Frida Skybäck is a mixture of Lucy Dillon and Nora Roberts. She has no real competition in Sweden in this genre." - Denise Rudberg, Author
"Skybäck captures the essence of the unifying power of literature in a way that warms my heart. The Book Club at the End of the World simply exuberates reading- and story telling joy." -Johanna Wistedt, Amelia Magazine
”Appealing humour mixed with a fascinating colourful collection of characters. Talk about an enjoyable experience that I would like to share with everyone! If you don’t read this book you will really miss out on something.” – Boktokig, Book blog
”A delightful and irresistible story about grief and loss but also about joy and how amazing it can be to make new friends when you least expect it.” – Frida’s bookcorner
”WOW what a book! I did NOT want it to end. This wonderful book has everything! Humor, suspense, cozyness, books and in the end tears. Read, read! 5 out of 5.” – Sofia Hjort, book blog
”I loved this book! It was one of the best reads this year. Frida Skybäck writes with such a nerve and I have both cried and laught out loud.” – Sofias Books, book blog
”The Book Club at the End of the World has everything one can ask for in a Feelgood novel. Literary references, home made buns, intimate conversations and unexpected meetings are just some of the ingrediens in this book. There is also a darkness to the story with the disappearance of Madeleine that contributes to moving the story forward. The multi faced characters also contributes to the pace, and I would have loved getting to know each and everyone of them even better. The book is just as the characters, filled with warmth while it also discuss tough subjects like grief. This is the perfect book to read this fall when the longing for summer becomes to difficult to bare.” – Litteraturlivet, book blog
”A fantastic story that brings up both melancholy and life’s joy. The story is both skilfully told while also being gripping and suspenseful.” – Jessica Abrahamsson, reader
”The Book Club at the End of the World is just as Frida Skybäcks other novels – well written and capitvating. Yet, I must admit that this one reaches the next level. It’s impossible not to love! If you liked The Bookshop on Riverside Drive you will LOVE this one.” – Bok & Filmtipset, book blog
"The line between sincerity and joy is very thin. The book is sad and serious, but also filled with glorious laughter and warmth. It’s a very good story constructed like a puzzle. I was instantly hooked by the characters, captivated by each individual fate." - Angelicas bokhylla, Book Blogger
”I wasn’t prepared for the seriousness level to the story, but I’m not complaining! It’s far from total darkness – there is love, friendship and warmth. I find myself liking this little group of people so much. I also vote that the Mona’s Bed, Breakfast & Books should be a real place. The characters are wonderful and they just throw out literary references! As if that wasn’t enough – you also get reading tips along the way – could it get any better? I liked Skybäck’s previous book but this grabs the first place for me.” -Vargnatts bokhylla, book blog
"Skybäck writes such beautiful people that you easily get attached to, regardless of if they are struggling parents with marriage problems like Erika or lonely old women like Evy. This novel is about finding a path forward and letting go of the past and I like it a lot." - Fiktiviteter, Book Blogger
"A real gem! Excellent mixture of good read and suspense. The characters feel real and you are immediately drawn into the plot. Warmly recommended! A real page-turner!" - Lite mat och en bok, Book Blogger