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5.4 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Ann-Helén Laestadius is an author and journalist from Kiruna, Sweden. She is Sámi and of Tornedalian descent, two of Sweden's national minorities. In 2016, Laestadius was awarded the prestigious August Prize for Best Young Adult and Children's Novel for Ten Past One, for which she was also awarded Norrland's Literature Prize. Stolen is her first adult novel and was named Sweden's Book of the Year.


"Stolen is an extraordinary novel. A coming-of-age-story you'll get lost in, about youth and heritage and the never-ending struggle to be allowed to exist. Although set in the coldest and most northern part of Scandinavia, I'm convinced it's a universal story to be loved everywhere in the world."--Fredrik Backman, internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Anxious People

"[Written] with sensitivity and insight for the subtleties of Sámi life." --New York Times

"A moving account. . . . The heart, and the great appeal, of this novel is its empathetic portrait of a young woman who flourishes in this harsh, but beautiful, landscape." --Financial Times (UK)

"Powerful. . . . [Laestadius] has neatly side-stepped cliches about Indigenous communities to reveal a loving portrait of a community fighting to survive. . . . What Stolen may do best is make clear how hollow words ring when world leaders talk about protecting Indigenous land and people. . . . Stolen is both a lesson and a warning." --Grist

"A revelatory account." --Kirkus

"Sámi author Ann-Helén Laestadius has written a fresh, devastating, and insightful novel about Sámi life and the struggle for justice in a rapidly changing world. A love for the imperiled landscape reverberates throughout this engaging read." --Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of How Strange a Season

"Stolen is in equal measure a gripping and thrilling mystery as it is a testament to the continued beating heart of Sámi life. Ann-Helén Laestadius takes her place as an important voice in world Indigenous literature."--Michelle Good, author of Five Little Indians

"Shattering and thought-provoking from the first to the last page! . . . An illuminating portrayal of a part of Sweden where villagers, neighbors, and families are set against each other through generations." --Book of the Year Award Jury Citation (Sweden)