Swedish author, who made a sensational and awarded debut with The Silver Road in 2018. Her novels are set in the landscape of her childhood, among the endless forests and abandoned villages in northern Sweden.
Stina Jackson was born in 1983 and grew up in the small town of Skellefteå in the north of Sweden. She started writing fairytales and horror stories at an early age. In her 20s she met her husband and moved to Denver, Colorado. During a life crisis she started to write and writing about the land she had left helped her to deal with her homesickness. She published her first novel, The Silver Road, in 2018 and it became an immediate bestseller. She also received The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award 2018 with the following motivation: “Darkly and hypnotically [written] about marginalized existences in an atmospheric Norrland.”
The Silver Road
Translated by Susan Beard
Original title: Silvervägen (2018)
The Silver Road is the name of a tourist road in Lapland in the north of Sweden. It stretches from the Norwegian border past the village of Arjeplog and ends at the harbour of Skellefteå at the Bothnian Bay. It got its name because silver ore was transported along the road from the mines near the border to the harbor. Today the Silver Road is essentially the same as the national highway nr 95, a road stretching through endless forests with small villages scattered along it. It is a quite desolate landscape and a perfect setting for suspenseful stories.
The novel tells us about Lina, a 17-year-old girl who three years ago disappeared from the little village of Glimmersträsk, and about her father, Lelle, who since then has spent the long summer nights driving around looking for her.
Meja is another 17-year-old girl, who moves to Glimmersträsk together with her mother, who has found herself a new man in the village. Eventually another young girl goes missing and when the darkness of fall approaches the destinies of Lelle and Meja are crossing each other…
The Silver Road is an evocative and melancholy story written in a beautiful language, but it´s also a gripping and suspenseful book with many fascinating characters.
The Last Snow
Translated by Susan Beard
Original title: Ödesmark (2020)
Early spring has its icy grip on Ödesmark, a small desolate village in northernmost Sweden. Here lives Liv Björnlund in a derelict house together with her teenage son, Simon, and her ageing father, Vidar. They make for a peculiar family, and Liv knows that they are cause for gossip among their few remaining neighbours. Just why has Liv stayed by her domineering father’s side all these years?
And is it true that Vidar is sitting on a small fortune? His questionable business decisions have made him many enemies over the years, and in Ödesmark everyone knows everyone, and no one ever forgets. Now someone wants back what is rightfully theirs. And they will stop at nothing to get it, no matter who stands in their way…