Best novel for young adults, Sweden
A unique love story with doses of splatter, farce, poetry, and psychological suspense, Me on the Floor, Bleeding is a rare page-turner that will leave no one unaffected!
“It was a quarter to one on Thursday the twelfth of April, one day before the so-called unlucky thirteenth. I had just sawn off the tip of my left thumb with an electric saw.”
Highschool-outsider Maja would never hurt herself on purpose as her dad, teachers, and classmates seem to believe. Can’t a person saw off the tip of her thumb without everyone starting to worry? That is, everyone except Maja’s mum, who worringly seems to have disappeared from the face of earth.
Crashing a neighbour’s party, Maja meets twenty-year-old Justin Case, a super-verbal car mechanic with pink pants, who makes her forget everything about absent mothers and sawn-off thumbs, at least temporarily. But then Maja hacks into her father’s email account and reads an email that hurts more than all the electric saws in the world.
“I really loved this book! The account of personal and physical crisis is by turns poetic, gritty, shocking and humorous —the fierce and honest testimony of a blazingly creative personality.”
“A moving, complex and satisfying import”
“A witty, hilarious, strong and heartfelt story about a broken family.”
”With spot-on gallows humor, Jägerfeld embodies both the coquettish and the unfeigned alienation of Maja. An accidental thumb amputation throws the reader into Maja’s journey in pursuit of identity. A psychological portrait with a certain credibility in its portrayal.
—The jury’s explantation for awarding the August Prize 2010
Translated by: Susan Beard
ISBN: 978-91-7547-003-0 ( trade paper back)
ISBN: 978-91-87173-93-6 (ebook)