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The Red Address Book - Sofia Lundberg

The Red Address Book

By Sofia Lundberg

  • Release Date: 2019-01-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 202 Ratings


“Written with love, told with joy. Very easy to enjoy.”—Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove

For fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes a heartwarming debut about 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come . . .

Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny—her American grandniece, and her only relative—give her great joy and remind her of her own youth.

When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past—working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War—can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris’s life?

A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us, The Red Address Book introduces Sofia Lundberg as a wise—and irresistible—storyteller.


  • Almost dead

    By Fancyfig
    A definite page turner. A love story underneath an epic story of survival. I was never sure if I enjoyed it until the last page. I’m not sure if it lost something in translation. There was a harshness in the main character, Doris,(horrible name), I found off- putting. I also noted inconsistencies in relationships that could have been unintentional but I can’t help rooting for true love.
  • Wonderful, Heartbreaking and Worth It

    By MelStreeter
    What an incredible story. It made me laugh and cry and think about the lives of my life. Highly recommend it.
  • A Beautiful Book and a Wonderful Read

    By BookTender
    There is a reason this book has been a best seller all over the world! It is a great read! “The Red Address Book” is the tender and touching story of Doris, a 96-year-old, as she approaches death. The story centers on her address book and those contained in it that she has loved. It is a gentle story yet the strength of Doris and her last living relative, Jenny, shines throughout. Both women, while handling Doris’ pending death in their own way, approach it with courage and grace. One of the things that makes this book wonderful to read and thought-provoking is that the grace both Doris and Jenny hold is not perfectly packaged. The journey is at times messy with uncertainty, doubt, and fear, but there is no mistaking it is rich with grace just the same. Like all great reads, “The Red Address Book” will leave you finishing the last page and wishing for more! I was honored to receive an advanced copy of this book through BookishFirst and the Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.