Little, Brown and Company
On Sale: July 9, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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One day while nursing her young son, Carolina receives a
strange email from her boyfriend Aksel, detailing computer
passwords and other instructions in event of his death. She
grows worried at first, then irritated - this is so typical
of her unsentimental partner. Aksel ends the message: Let's
hope for the best! Five months later, he is dead.
In her debut novel, Let's Hope for the Best, Carolina
Setterwall recounts the intensity of falling in love with
her partner Aksel, and the shock of finding him dead in bed
one morning. Carolina and Aksel meet at a party, and their
passionate first encounter leads to months of courtship
during which Carolina struggles to find her place. While
Aksel prefers to take things slow, Carolina is eager to
advance their relationship -moving in together, getting a
cat, and finally having a child.
Perhaps to impose some order on the chaos, Carolina
devotedly chronicles the months after Aksel's passing like a
ship's log. She unpacks with forensic intensity the small
details of life before tragedy, eager to find some
explanation for the bad hand she's been dealt. When new
romance rushes in, Carolina finds herself assuming the
reticent role Aksel once played. She's been given the gift
of love again. But can she make it work?
A striking feat of auto-fiction, written in direct address
to Setterwall's late partner, LET'S HOPE FOR THE BEST is a
stylistic tour-de force..
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