The characters who figure in the interwoven stories that make up The Hum of Concrete are treated with heartwarming tenderness. The narration is unobtrusively and effectively managed, the Swedish settings vividly realized. --J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Laureate for Literature
Few novels invite you in as irresistibly as this one, and few give you as exhilarating and surprising a ride. Anna writes with such tenderness, intelligence and invention. A novel to love and explore with and return to, and a most compelling and intriguing new voice in Australian writing. --Peter Bishop
Anna Solding's spare and sensual prose strikingly details the liminal existences of five women living in one of Sweden's most diverse cities. Malmö offers up its secrets, its sufferings and joys in the lives of those we do not often understand. Whether black, brown or white, they live on the fringes of municipal flats, hospitals and the sea, dreaming of elsewhere. This discontinuous narrative weaves a magical intimacy into the cycle of birth, sex and death in the city, and it does not look away from seeing hope. --Brian Castro, author of The Bath Fugues
About the Author
Anna Solding grew up in Sweden, before moving to Australia in 1999. Working as a photographer, translator, editor and university tutor to support her writing, she earned a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. Many of her stories have won awards and have appeared in journals and collections. She has judged the HarperCollins Varuna Awards and has served as fiction co-editor for the literary magazines Wet Ink and Animate Quarterly. In 2010, The Hum of Concrete was shortlisted for the Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Anna lives in Adelaide with her partner and their three gorgeous boys. The Hum of Concrete is her first novel.