Mid-1950s. Tomas has treated Maj and the teenage kids to a visit at Järvsöbaden's Boarding House for Easter, a fancy place with a good kitchen. Maj should be happy, and as usual she will do her utmost to be outgoing and friendly with the other guests. If only she wasn't so dizzy.
But when she splurges on a facial, and feels the beauty expert's soft hands across her forehead, she can't hold back tears. Middle age, Tomas' struggle with the firm and sobriety, Lasse wasting his last year of school and Anita's disappearance into the world of books and movies–it is all overwhelming her. Perhaps Maj senses that changes have been put in motion and that she doesn't have any real power to influence them. As the 1950s turn into the modern 1960s, Maj's sheltered life is more and more threatened and her ideal is becoming obsolete.
Liv till varje pris is the final book in the highly praised and popular trilogy about the housewife Maj in Örnsköldsvik. Kristina Sandberg gives an undeniable voice to a generation of women, who were essential for the development of the modern welfare state and for the course of history but rarely given a place in its depiction. And the personal, merciless portray of Maj is impossible to deny or forget.
Awarded the Svenska Dagbladets Literary Prize 2014
Awarded the Moa Martinson Scholarship 2014
Awarded the August Prize for Best Fiction 2014