Omslagsbild: Trion

Date of release: 2021-07-23
Pages: 250
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Trion /The Trio

Three friends in their twenties: Thora, Hugo and August. 

Thora, the only child of charismatic bohemian couple Aron and Laura, comes from old money and has been raised in a grand apartment in an exclusive part of Stockholm. Thora and August have been best friends, and occasional lovers, for years, but their relationship is unsettled when Hugo becomes Thora’s family’s new tenant. Hugo comes from a different background and is both fascinated and petrified by this new and privileged world. Gradually, the three are drawn toward each other, and a close, but not entirely uncomplicated friendship comes into existence.
Soon they are spending every waking moment together: sitting at cafes, taking bike rides during long summer nights, travelling to Paris. Beneath the surface powerful emotions are simmering, but also reflections on identity, class and love. All while the fragile balance between them threaten to crack. 

The Trio is a splendid literary debut: very accessible, yet acute, subtle and elegant, with atmospheric and beautifully observed Stockholm exteriors that you won’t wish to leave. 
There is a sense of ‘modern flaneur’ in the narrative, which superbly captures the essence of youth – both the feelings of alienation and the yearning for affinity and connection. This is Sally Rooney meets Therese Bohman, with a little bit of Jules and Jim.

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It is a special feeling to read about your own era as if it was the past. Johanna Hedman’s much talked-about debut novel The Trio has been described as both timeless and very contemporary, and that is partly true. The majority of the book is set in the present time, during a vaguely defined 2010s, and tells the story of three young people, Thora, Hugo and August, and their powerful yet complex bond. But: the timeline has a twist due to the first part of the novel where Thora’s grown-up daughter Frances pays a visit to Hugo in New York. This creates an effect of the present being shrouded in the mists of time. Johanna Hedman’s debut is vigorous. With this friendship and love between three young adults, it joins a long tradition of literary love triangles. It is difficult not to mention Lydia Sandgren’s Collected Works which was somewhat based on the same ingredients, but Hedman’s style and tone is different; more subdued, more wistful. She describes her fictional characters with sensitivity and precision, but what makes The Trio so dynamic is the way the present becomes memory in her hands.
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An acute, eloquent and bittersweet debut about three friends in their twenties – Thora, Hugo and August – which moves between Stockholm, Paris and New York. Flaming love and reflections on identity and class, where the perspectives shift between the three of them. There may potentially be an August Prize nomination!
It is a conventional framework – first the scars, then the wounds; first the punishment, then the crimes – but the cliché does not feel disruptive, the implicit nostalgia works its magic: The Trio is a story of when life gained colour and shape. I mean this as praise. The Trio is an unusual debut, confident and intriguing.
The Trio is vigorous and vivid – even linguistically. It is evident that Johanna Hedman has a keen interest in language. Descriptions of words, dialects and mother tongues are abundant. And words can be explained as hard around the edges and sticky at the centre /… / The Trio is a wistful and engaging novel about festering emotions. Johanna Hedman should definitely be able to expect at least a debutant award.
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Johanna Hedman (b. 1993) holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Literature and International Relations. She has completed an internship at the Swedish UN delegation in New York, where she kept minutes for the Security Council meetings. In addition, she has also studied French in Paris and has worked for human rights organisations in both Sweden and India. She is currently based in Stockholm, where she was also born and raised. 

The Trio is her first novel.

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