Small-town librarian Irene Hussvig is married to cablelayer Horst. After a long marriage filled with constant taunts and sarcasm, she has had enough of her husband and decides to get rid of him for good.
With the help of an old chest containing lead weights she inherited from her mother, Irene starts her journey from silent mouse to amateur chemist with a lethal knowledge of poisons.
Must someone always give way in a marriage? Who will lose out? What measures must we take to stay true toourselves in close relationships? And what means must we use on the way there?
Swinging the Lead is a humorous and sharp depictionof a mature woman’s path to freedom. A drama aboutmarriage, a tribute to the imagination and an entertainingstory about a poisoner.
“Swinging the Lead is certainly an entertaining novel, if that means it is easily accessible, often funny, and leaves much room for identification. But it is also dark, intelligent and with a heavier, underlying existential theme.”
– Annina Rabe, EXPRESSEN
“There is something special about Sara Paborn, something different. She can not only tell a story – many can – but she intertwines inner and external events, youthful hope and the approaching bitterness of old age, building up the story in a way that is never simply lineal. Moreover, her sense of humour, a not insignificant component, on a more low-key, sophisticated level, never feels constrained. In brief: Sara Paborn is better than most.”
– Niklas Wahllöf, DAGENS NYHETER
“...very, very entertaining. Swinging the Lead is funny and subtly written, a bit like a tall tale, with many hilarious scenes for the reader to laugh at. At the same time, Sara Paborn is planting the seeds of more serious thoughts in the reader: what can you expect from life?
– Annika Koldenius, BORÅS TIDNING
“Sara Paborn’s novel is quietly entertaining, concise and careful in the details of the marriage and its psychology. Especially when describing the rebellion of the aging woman, her silent struggle for a new, worthy life on her own terms. Swinging the Lead is an unusually well written feel-good novel, easy to identify with and funny in a very thoughtful way.”
– Lena S. Karlsson, DALADEMOKRATEN