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Seven Stories Press

Works of Radical Imagination

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Translated by B.J. Woodstein

Illustrated by Sara Lundberg

The award-winning and beautiful story of a child coping with her father's absence. The book tackles a difficult subject with great tenderness, validating a child's experience of a parent suffering from depression.

Zoe’s dad isn’t home. She still sees him in photographs, laughing and playing tennis, but for now she can only visit him in a building where everyone looks sad and the walls are an ugly pink color. Some days Zoe’s dad is too sad to see her, but she goes to the hospital anyway. While waiting she meets Sabina who invites her to swim across the world. Zoe’s not sure it’s possible, but Sabina tells her, “A girl can do everything she wants.” Even though Sabina sometimes dives deep into her own thoughts, the two of them swim around the world many times that summer, until eventually Zoe’s dad is ready to come home.

The Summer of Diving is a book full of imagination and hope with a tender child’s-eye understanding of the world. Stridsberg’s story and Lundberg’s lush and colorful paintings reflect and validate a child’s feelings of loss and longing for closeness when a parent’s joy for living temporarily fades.

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“For decades, depression has been hidden from children, but that has turned out to be bad policy. This poignant, gentle book breaks that prohibition and will be immensely helpful to anyone caring for the child of someone with major depression. It fills an important gap in literature for young children.”

SARA STRIDSBERG is an acclaimed author and playwright. With her novel The Gravity of Love – Ode to My Family, she was shortlisted to the prestigious August Prize for the fifth time. Sara Stridsberg got her international breakthrough with Drömfakulteten (The Faculty of Dreams) for which she was awarded the Nordic Council Literature Prize and nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2018. She is also the author of the novel, Valerie, about Valerie Solanas, which was named a Best book of 2019 by The New Yorker, longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, Winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and voted the best Swedish novel of the decade by one hundred Swedish critics, authors, journalists and publishers, in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

SARA LUNDBERG is the author and illustrator of four books and the illustrator of many others. Her work has been awarded the Swedish Book Award and the August Prize among many others, and has been included on the IBBY Honour List. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.