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The Family Clause

A Novel

Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri • Translated by Alice Menzies

Published August 25, 2020 | ISBN 9781487006686
FICTION / Literary

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About this book

The Family Clause

A Novel

Jonas Hassen Khemiri • Alice Menzies

From acclaimed Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri comes a novel about a family on the verge of collapse.

A grandfather who lives abroad returns home to Sweden to visit his adult children. His son is a failure. His daughter is having a baby with the wrong man. Only the grandfather himself is perfect — in his own eyes, at least. 

Over the course of ten intense days, relationships unfold and painful memories resurface. The grandfather confronts his past. The daughter faces an impossible choice. The son tries to write himself free. Something has to give. According to a long-standing family agreement, the grandfather has maintained his Swedish citizenship by coming to stay with his son in Stockholm every six months. Can this clause be negotiated, or will it chain the family to its past forever?

Through a series of quickly changing perspectives, Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s The Family Clause intimately portrays a chaotic and perfectly normal family, one deeply wounded by the death of a child and the disappearance of a father.

About the Creators

Jonas Hassen Khemiri

JONAS HASSEN KHEMIRI is the author of five novels, six plays, and a collection of essays, plays, and short stories. Among his many honours are the August Prize, the highest award for Swedish literature; the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize; the Borås Tidning Award for Best Debut Novel; and an Obie Award. His novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and his six plays have been performed by more than one hundred companies around the world. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Alice Menzies

ALICE MENZIES is a freelance translator based in London. She has translated books by Fredrik Backman and Katarina Bivald, among others.