“Breathless is novel about a young woman named Lo. Through flashbacks, she looks back on her past and her past relationship with a young boy named Lukas. She first meets him when she is five and he is thirteen. Although her family is desperate to keep her away from Lukas, their friendship endures and becomes much deeper. When they become adults, they move away from their small town and live together, pursuing careers and other relationships.
This award winning Swedish novel has been translated into English for the international market. Readers must bear in mind that this is very much a literary novel because of its unique style of prose and story structure. The tale does not unfold chronologically. Rather, it skips back and forth through time by way of flashback. This makes the story difficult to follow and can make it a challenging read.
The novel is about misunderstood lovers, lost innocence, and individual freedoms. The characters, their motivations, their behaviors are very unique and unusual. The writing is very deep with powerful messages within. This novel is not for everyone. Rather, I would recommend this novel to those readers who truly enjoy unusual literary fiction written with a unique and distinctive voice.