This is part one in a trilogy heavily tinted with modern history of the new social realism kind, focusing on a young woman of working class origin in smalltown Sweden.
This segment starts out in 1938, introducing her as a pregnant young bride taking her first steps into adulthood.
The writing is skillful and ambitious, playing with narrative voices and points of view (although not with the effortlessness of a Virginia Woolf... But then, Woolfs are hard to come by!) all the while remaining an absorbing read.
I most likely would have enjoyed it a lot more had I not found the main character such a whining martyr, impossible to either relish or relate to. I don't need disheartening stuff like this in November; it's already my least favourite time of the year.