Since March 7th 2017, Sara Lövestam's novel Hjärta av jazz is available in English worldwide with the title Wonderful Feels Like This, out with two great publishing houses: Flatiron Books in North America, and Allen & Unwin in the rest of the world. A bestseller in Sweden, published by Piratförlaget, this novel has already been published in Spanish with Suma de Letras and in German with Rowohlt.
Pitched as The Elegance of the Hedgehog meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonderful Feels Like This is a compelling feel-good crossover novel celebrating being a little bit odd, finding your people, and the power of music to connect us. What can a bullied teenager learn from an old man spending his days in a retirement home? For example, she’ll learn that it ain’t got a thing, if it ain’t got that swing...
The Pontas Agency's main objective at the moment is to find the right film producers to bring this incredible transgenerational friendship to the big screen! Anyone there?
«Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding.» Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
«Empathy, identity, and the transformative power of music bind this tale of an atypical friendship between a teenage outcast and a jazz musician.» Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
«If you are looking for a sweet story involving music, then this book would be a wonderful choice!» KK The Bookworm
«This is not a typical book I would pick up myself, and I was completely surprised and put through an emotional, beautiful story. If this isn’t in your normal lists of books, add it to your list. I think this book will touch a lot of people.» Morissa Reads
Sara Lövestam, born in Sweden in 1980, used to teach Swedish to immigrants and is a freelance journalist. In spring 2009 she won the debutant novelist Bok-SM award for her first novel, Udda (Different). Since then, she has written more novels, all with a distinctive narrative style and quirky special characters. Sara is a new, brave literary voice with a steady group of staunch readers, growing with each new novel.
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