ORIGINAL TITLE: Future Perfect
AUTHOR: Mara Lee
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Albert Bonniers förlag
Future Perfect is a novel about the feeling of being an outsider in narrow-minded surroundings, but also about love and breaking free, and about the indomitable ability to bounce back.
Four outsiders come together in the village of Bråklinge in Sweden’s southernmost province. Unorthodox, loose-living seamstress Dora and her two sons Trip and Lex fall for Chandra, the changeling girl from the neighbouring village. This quartet, all stigmatised in their different ways by those around them, are drawn into a dizzying whirlpool of love that generates suspicion and bad blood. Chandra’s fate is to become a patient of the establishment known as the Mayor’s House, ‘A place where the girls are like badly fitting dresses. Not necessarily of poor quality, but so badly looked after that nobody wants them any more.’ The psychiatric hospital awaits Dora, and Trip, still a minor, is on his way into youth custody. But before that, Lex wants to give his little brother what he has always dreamed of: a trip to Paris.