A Woman’s Place. The story that inspired the novel

Cover of 'A Woman's Place'I recently published my historical novel, ‘A Woman’s Place’ on Amazon Kindle

This story is based on the lives of two women; my great aunt Julia and her daughter Sonja. I came across the story when I was looking through my late grandmother’s letters and photographs. There were some photos of a beautiful young woman I knew to be the famous Julia. Famous? Well only in the family, of course, not only because of her beauty and charm but also because of her adventurous life. She was the kind of woman who acted on impulse, which often landed her in trouble. When, at the age of 20, she became pregnant and found herself abandoned by the father of her child, who had run off to America,  she immediately borrowed money and followed him across the Atlantic. What happened next is described in the novel, which you can read on the Kindle. Set in Stockholm, Helsinki, Paris, Monte Carlo and New York, this story has a true eye-witness feel.

Julia

The lovely Julia

 
Julia and Edwin

Julia and Edwin, her second husband and the love of her life

Hotel Cap Martin

The hotel in Cap Martin, where Julia and Sonja spent the winter of 1912-13

The Casino in Monte Carlo in 1912

Julia’s daughter Sonja was just as impetuous, flighty and brave. She travelled, first to Paris, where she had an unhappy love affair and then onto New York, where she worked for a wealthy family and, for a short time, led a kind of ‘Great Gatsby‘ lifestyle in the aftermath of the Wall Street crash in 1929.

Sonja at 30, when she had just arrived in New York (after her Elizabeth Arden makeover)

 

Sonja on the beach at Fisher's Island

 
 
 
 
 
Sonja on the beach at Fisher’s Island

The story was pieced together from over 200 letters and also diaries and postcards.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Smith
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 11:40:20

    Fantastic. The book looks really interesting – good luck with it. And I love the photos.

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  2. susannefromsweden
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 11:44:41

    Thanks, Helen. The photos really lift the story, don’t you think?

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  3. Anthony Barker
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 17:17:26

    The photos are great, but meaningless without the story–photos of people we don’t know. With story and pictures together we get a heightened sense of the ‘reality’ of the story–which presents interesting issues about the cross-over between biography and fiction. Nice.

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  4. susannefromsweden
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 17:55:33

    Thanks, Tony. This is meant as a teaser, to make people want to read the book. I hope it does.

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  5. Jennifer Perry
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 14:31:42

    And tease it does, Susanne! I’m looking forward to reading this. Your blog is so enchanting.

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  6. susannefromsweden
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 23:00:07

    Thank you, Jennifer. I hope you enjoy the book

    Reply

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