Author:

Helena Thorfinn

 

Original title:

Den som går på tigerstigar

 

Published:

Spring 2017

 

Genre:

Fiction

 

Original publisher:

Norstedts

 

Reading material:

Swedish manuscript (final), English sample

 

 

 

Tiger Trails

Sofia and Janne return to Dhaka to find their beloved city in ruins. A recent terrorist attack has shaken the community and their neighbourhood is no longer the expat safe-haven of clubs, pools and embassy parties that it once was.

Sofia is determined to continue to pursue her work in human rights but seems to find trouble at every turn, whilst her husband, Janne, is left at home and becomes increasingly frustrated with his life as a house-husband and a teacher, surrounded by Asian tiger mums.

 

Meanwhile, in the servants’ quarters on the top floor of Sofia and Janne’s mansion, two local girls, Pinky and Dipita, are moving in. The two dancers spend their nights working at the cantonment where they soon build up a network of unsavoury characters that will later prove vital to their landlords.

 

Preoccupied by her work and the continued threat of terror; it is only once Sofia finds herself stranded in the mangroves of the Sunderbans, with an American colleague, that she realises that it is not just her professional but also her private life that is at stake.

 

 

VOICES:

“Helena Thorfinn is a true storyteller, with a unique feeling for tension, presence and believable characters. Her commitment and political expertise runs like a thread throughout the text, but is well integrated and never overshadows the story. Tigertrails is a novel that draws you in, the kind of book that you cannot put down while you do not want it to end.“

Susanna Romanus, Publisher

 

“Through both their professional and personal lives, Thorfinn examines the Swedes brutal encounter with an intractable reality, far from what they could imagine in their familiar home environment.”

Norrköpings Tidningar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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