Skip to content
Johanna Hedman

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.

Johanna

About the author

Hedman

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…

Read more

About the book

Sold to

Catalonia: Ara Llibres, Denmark: Turbine, Faroe Islands: Sprotin, Finland: Aula & Co, Germany: btb/Luchterhand, Iceland: Forlagid, Italy: Sperling & Kupfer/Frassinelli, Netherlands: Ambo Anthos, Poland: Wielka Litera, Spain: Gatopardo Ediciones, Turkey: Ithaki, UK: Hamish Hamilton , US: Europa Editions

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.

Reviews

A smart, elegant and moving novel, all the more impressive for it being Johanna Hedman's debut

A smart, elegant and moving novel, all the more impressive for it being Johanna Hedman’s debut… The stylish emotional distance of Normal People is present here… Hedman’s characters keep us at a tantalising arm’s length most of the time, and that makes moments of raw emotion all the more powerful… It was moments like these that convinced me to flick back to the first page when I finished The Trio, hoping to re-enter the heady mix of hope and nostalgia, of desire and regret, of new love and lost love that Hedman has so skilfully evoked.

The Times
Sharp, vividly imagined and affecting in a way that both intrigues and captivates the reader

Sharp, vividly imagined and affecting in a way that both intrigues and captivates the reader… The sense of detached disillusionment is familiar from the fictional worlds of Sally Rooney’s stranded millennials, but Hedman is remarkably assured in giving voice and depth to characters who see distance as a curse not a consolation

Irish Times
Intricate, smart and provocative
Daily Mail
Delicate and beguiling

Delicate and beguiling… The Trio spans from Berlin to London to Paris as the [characters] continually renegotiate who they each are to each other, questions of ownership and privilege floating in the background of summers which feel both fleeting and endless.

Esquire
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

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.

Tidningen Vi
Hjalmar Söderberg meets Evelyn Waugh in this wistful triumph of a debut

Hjalmar Söderberg meets Evelyn Waugh in this wistful triumph of a debut, already sold to several countries and written without any hint of beginner’s nerves /… / The Trio is set during the university years, it evokes twilight pink after parties and dusty study halls, but it never gets kitschy, only beautiful.

M-Magasin

News All News