The Angel House
The Angel HouseKerstin Ekman
At the windy corner of Highway Street and Industrial Road, opposite the Co-operative Stores, stood a lime tree and a large old wooden building. There was a newspaper kiosk too, to be strictly accurate. The lime tree and the building used to talk to one another. But there were long intervals between their words.
The Angel House is the third in the remarkable series of free-standing novels that cemented Kerstin Ekman´s reputation in her native Sweden during the 1970s, long before she achieved world-wide success with novels like Blackwater and The Forest of Hours. It follows the fortunes of the inhabitants of a provincial Swedish town familiar from the previous two books in the sequence, Witches´Rings and The Spring, from the late 1920s to the Second World War, when events beyond the boundaries of neutral Sweden threaten to disrupt the regular rhythms of life.
With this sequence of novels focussing primarily on the lives of ordinary women, Kerstin Ekman provides an alternative, subversive history of the community in which she grew up, and gives a finely-drawn portrait of a town in transition.