The Divorce: A Novel

The Divorce: A Novel

Written by:
Moa Herngren
Coming Soon

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2024
12 hours 0 minutes
A decades-long, seemingly rock-solid marriage suddenly falls apart during one hot Stockholm summer in this addictive domestic drama that marks the American debut of #1 Swedish bestselling author Moa Herngren.

“BOOK CLUB ALERT: who’s been cruel and who’s been clueless in this marriage that can’t be saved? The Divorce deftly unmasks the secrets and stresses of an unraveling relationship that absolutely begs to be discussed. Moa Herngren may be the best Swedish import since ABBA and the Volvo.” —Sally Koslow, author of The Real Mrs. Tobias

There are two sides to every story . . .

Bea couldn't be more excited to trade the stifling Stockholm summer heat for vacation on Gotland Island. She’s looking forward to spending quality time with her beloved husband of thirty-two years, Niklas, and their two moody teenage daughters, and recuperating from the stress of daily life in the company of her beloved in-laws. One night shortly before their departure, Bea and Niklas have a seemingly mundane argument over a trivial issue, and Niklas goes out with a friend to blow off steam. As the hours pass, Niklas doesn’t come home, and Bea’s irritation soon gives way to panic as she imagines what kind of disaster might have happened to delay his return.

What she soon learns will change her life forever: while her husband is fine, their marriage is not. Her kind, gentle pediatrician husband wants to leave her. But while this might seem like sudden insanity to Bea, for Niklas, it’s anything but… 

Written with the warmth and empathy that have made her insightful, page-turning family novels bestsellers in her native Sweden, Moa Herngren raises thoughtful questions about why relationships fall apart: Is the person who leaves always the bad guy? What emerges once you begin scratching the surface of what seems like a clear-cut situation? Told from dual perspectives, The Divorce is a gripping domestic drama that deftly explores the complexities of modern marriage.

Translated from the Swedish by Alice Menzies
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