About the book
When Ingrid meets younger teaching colleague Torkel, she falls head over heels. He is different from all the men she has met before, outgoing, seductive and thoughtful, and filled with the new notions of the 1970s on how to act and live. Ingrid lets him into the well-managed, independent existence that she has built up over years since divorcing Georg. The two children, Johanna and Tom, regard Torkel with great suspicion. Who is this man who has barged into their mother’s life and made her so alienated and different? Tom has already moved away from home, but Johanna, who has just graduated and longs to take the first steps into adulthood, is noticeably disturbed by Torkel’s insistent presence. Ingrid can’t understand why Johanna is suddenly so averse and distant.
Torkel burrows his way into their lives and seems to think he’s the one who can liberate them all. His demand for openness is both alluring and threatening. Ingrid knows that this is a relationship that will not be life-long, but she intends to enjoy it while it lasts. Why can’t her children give her that?
1979: Johanna and Ingrid is a thought-provoking portrayal of a nation during a time which shakes a family to its foundations, during the summer of 1979.