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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven (Digital Audiobook)

By Nathaniel Ian Miller, Olafur Darri Olafsson (Narrator)

Publication Date: October 25, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/26/2021)
Library Binding, Large Print (4/6/2022)
Compact Disc (10/26/2021)
Paperback (10/4/2022)

November 2021 Indie Next List

“Wow, what a book. The world and the characters grow together. In a bleak, unforgiving landscape, Sven is able to discover found family and grow as a person, while offering hard-won insights about human nature that’ll leave you breathless.”
— Jessica Williams-Sullivan, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC
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Description

The “captivating’’ and “powerful’’ story (Publishers Weekly, starred review) of one man who banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle, and is saved by good friends, a loyal dog, and a surprise visit that changes everything, in a novel that is both “ceaselessly brilliant’’ (Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son) and “pure delight’’ (Christina Baker Kline, #1 bestselling author of Orphan Train)

#1 INDIE NEXT PICK
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize


In 1916, Sven Ormson leaves a restless life in Stockholm to seek adventure in Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago where darkness reigns four months of the year and he might witness the splendor of the Northern Lights one night and be attacked by a polar bear the next. But his time as a miner ends when an avalanche nearly kills him, leaving him disfigured, and Sven flees even further, to an uninhabited fjord. There, with the company of a loyal dog, he builds a hut and lives alone, testing himself against the elements.
 
The teachings of a Finnish fur trapper, along with encouraging letters from his family and a Scottish geologist who befriended him in the mining camp, get him through his first winter. Years into his routine isolation, the arrival of an unlikely visitor salves his loneliness, sparking a chain of surprising events that will bring Sven into a family of fellow castoffs and determine the course of the rest of his life.
 
Written with wry humor and in prose as breathtaking as the stark landscape it evokes, The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven is a testament to the strength of our human bonds, reminding us that even in the most inhospitable conditions on the planet, we are not beyond the reach of love.
 


About the Author

Nathaniel Ian Miller received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. He has received Associated Press awards in Colorado and New Mexico, and has written for the Santa Fe Reporter, Durango Herald, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Missoula Independent, and Virginia Quarterly Review.