Sweden’s most beloved author of historical women’s fiction returns with an epic, moving story of two girls from very different worlds who were predestined to find each other.
A heart-wrenching story of two survivors brought together by fate. Two girls, Naomi and Pia, are born on the same day in February 1950: Naomi in Kano, Nigeria, and Pia in Stockholm, Sweden. Naomi is taken in by Jorinda, who knows everything about healing herbs and gives Naomi a childhood on the savannah, where wild beasts soon become her best friends. Meanwhile, Pia is born in the wealthy, Swedish social-welfare state, but a childhood in an abusive home leaves her with deep scars.
Tragedy strikes when Jorinda is murdered and Naomi is placed in an orphanage. A visiting Swedish surgeon, Birgitta Kronwall, notices how Naomi is ostracized for her cleft lip, regarded as a mark of the devil, and brings Naomi back with her to Sweden - a Sweden where people of colour were rarely seen at that time. It is at a white, suburban school in Stockholm where Naomi and Pia meet and from that moment on, their lives become inseparable.
BLUE LONGING is a spellbinding story about the equal rights of men and women of all colours and stations in life in a changing world. The horrors of the Second World War are still fresh on the mind but the Sixties counter-culture is sweeping in with a new kind of freedom. Naomi’s and Pia’s unpredictable lives are filled with grief and joy, drama and love, all bound up in their enduring friendship.