Almost Good at Life

Swedish title: Nästan bra på livet

Category: Fiction / General Fiction

Pub date: 05-01-2021

Almost Good at Life

Conny Palmkvist

A deeply-human and affecting narrative about a love greater than any words.

ALMOST GOOD AT LIFE is a moving story about a father’s love for his daughter who is unlike everyone else. When much-longed-for baby Lova is born, her arrival is joyful but marred by complications. Even though her father doubts his ability to be a good parent, he loves her beyond words.

But soon, anxiety wells up within him: why is it so hard to connect with Lova? Is she really developing like other children? And how does one connect with a child that lives in a world of her own? As everyday life becomes more difficult to deal with, father and daughter begin to drift apart.

ALMOST GOOD AT LIFE is an auto-fictive story about faltering as a human being, and about bouncing back, proving it’s never too late to find one’s way home and to rebuild the most important of relationships. A brave and moving story akin to Marti Leimbach’s Daniel Isn’t Talking and Love, Anthony by Lisa Genova.


ALMOST GOOD AT LIFE is not only an autobiographical but also an extremely self-revealing depiction of a father’s relationship with a different daughter. It really touched my heart, not least as a direct result of the intensity of the exquisitely beautiful language.’ – Norra Skåne

‘Palmkvist’s letter to his daughter is acute and brilliant.’
Helsingborgs Dagblad

‘It’s not just about understanding the quality of life of a child who is different and her parents. What is ultimately revealed in Almost Good at Life is that each person exists based on their own conditions. The world would be a more loving place if we admit that without judgment.’ – Sydsvenskan

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