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Book Club: Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

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Book Club: Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck
The novel is set in Swedish Lapland. Photo: Asaf Kliger/imagebank.sweden.se
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Each month, The Local Sweden’s Book Club reads a different book with a Swedish link. In September, we'll be reading Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck, a historical thriller set in Lapland in 1717.

The title comes from the Swedish term vargavinter (wolf winter) which refers to an especially cold winter season.

In the small isolated community where the novel is set, this extreme cold serves to amp up tensions between the villagers, the new settlers, and their secrets. A family of four move to Blackåsen, aiming to put the trauma of their past behind him, but it turns out that new worries are in store when the youngest daughter finds a mutilated corpse.

The locals don't seem especially perturbed by the find, which they put down to a wolf or bear, but new arrival Maija is convinced something more lies behind the death.

Author Cecilia Ekbäck has travelled and lived in multiple countries and now resides in Canada, but set her debut novel in the landscapes where she grew up. She wrote the book in English, but it has also been translated into Swedish, Ekbäck's native language.

We will be speaking to the author later in the month, so please let us know any questions you'd like us to ask her. 

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