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A timely and provocative debut novel that Rivka Galchen calls "wisely comic and tremendously moving," about a creative writing teacher whose efforts to stay sober land him in Malmo, Sweden, where drugs are scarce but the refugee crisis forces a very different kind of reckoning.Jonas Anderson might be an excellent teacher if he weren't addicted to drugs. Instead, at age twenty-eight, he's been fired from yet another creative writing position after assigning homework like, visit a stranger's funeral and write about it. Jonas needs to do something drastic and, as a dual American-Swedish citizen, he knows Sweden is an easy place to be a graduate student and a difficult place to be a drug addict. The year is 2015 when he arrives in Malmo, a city trying to cope with the arrival of tens of thousands of Middle Eastern refugees.



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