Book 4 in the Women and the City tetralogy
Ann-Marie is a middle-aged woman returning from Portugal to the Swedish town in which she grew up in order to sell the old house she has inherited from her father. Memories of the past are everywhere, ensnaring her. She ends up staying in the house, alone with her memories of her father, an idiosyncratic character whom only she truly understood. She is also nervously awaiting the arrival of her daughter, and now realises that she has never really tried to understand her.
With this eloquent and gripping story Kerstin Ekman concludes her epic sequence of novels, Women and the City (whose earlier volumes Witches’ Rings, The Spring and The Angel House are also available from Norvik Press). City of Light is an intensely moving novel about love, in a rich and unusual variety of forms, and also a sensitive and thoughtful depiction of the way in which human beings approach life and one another.
City of Light is published here for the first time in English in a translation by Linda Schenck, and is a fitting culmination to her many years of work on the Women and the City series.