Into a Star

Puk Qvortrup


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Penguin Books Ltd
27 June 2024
ISBN: 9780241682227
240 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Hazel Evans

A young woman grapples with grief and single parenthood after the sudden tragic death of her husband – beautifully wise and intimate autofiction

Intimate and devastating, a luminous debut novel about untimely grief and the resilience of the human heart, inspired by the author's own experiences

'Three in the bed. One not yet born, another dead, and I'm alive.'

Puk is 26 years old, preparing for the birth of her second child, when her husband has a heart attack while out running. She leaves their toddler with a friend and dashes to the hospital, where Lasse lies unresponsive in a coma. He dies a few hours later.

Into a Star follows Puk and her young family in the first year after this tragedy, which has shattered the ordinary life she imagined for them. As the days turn to weeks and months, Puk's second son is born, her sister moves in, her relationship with her in-laws fractures and evolves. She reckons daily with her memories of Lasse: how they met and fell in love, their adventures, their dreams for the future. And she navigates the miraculous, brutal, overwhelming days of early parenthood alone.

Into a Star is a luminous meditation on loss and renewal. With remarkable dignity, candour and attention to human detail, Puk Qvortrup invites us into the hardest moments of her life. And she reveals, amid the devastation, a powerful, life-affirming thread of hope.