Biography

Karen Engelmann

Karen Engelmann was born and raised in the American Midwest, then moved to Sweden after completing university studies in drawing and design. The city of Malmö was home base for eight years, where she began her working life as a coat check girl and spotlight operator at Club Trocadero,then went on to work as an illustrator at daily newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet and at IKEA as an art director. New York City was next, where she continued working in design. Writing eventually took over. She now lives just north of New York City with her husband and two daughters. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO is her first novel.

Karen Engelmann

Books by Karen Engelmann

by Karen Engelmann - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Emil Larsson is a self-satisfied bureaucrat, drinker, card-player, and bachelor in 1791 Stockholm. However his life is turned upside down with the arrival of Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor. She lays an Octavo for Emil, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize the golden path that will lead to love and connection. All Emil has to do is find the individuals. But soon the game is no longer a matter of the heart; the eight become crucial to pulling Sweden back from the crumbling precipice of rebellion and chaos.