Jonas Hassen Khemiri

The Family Clause
  • The Family Clause

  • A tender, bruising novel of a family in crisis, The Family Clause reveals one of the real challenges in life: to not let your family circumstances define your destiny.

    A grandfather who lives abroad returns home to visit his adult children. The son is a failure. The daughter is having a baby with the wrong man. Only the grandfather, the proud patriarch, is perfect – at least, according to himself.

    Over the course of ten intense days, their relationships unfold and painful memories resurface. The grandfather is confronted by his past. The daughter is faced with an impossible choice. The son tries to write himself free. Something has to give. But the son is duty-bound to the father through a longstanding family agreement – the so-called father clause. Can this clause be renegotiated, or will it forever chain the family to its past?

    Through a series of quickly changing perspectives, Jonas Hassen Khemiri evokes an intimate portrait of a chaotic and perfectly normal family, deeply wounded by the death of a child and the disappearance of a father.

RELEASED 16/07/2020

Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Author) Jonas Hassen Khemiri is the author of five novels, six plays and a collection of plays, essays and short stories. Among his many honours are the August Prize, the highest literary award for Swedish literature; the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize; the Borås Tidning Award for Best Literary Debut Novel; and an Obie Award. His novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and his six plays have been performed by more than one hundred companies around the world. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.