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King Oscar had saved her. He had read her letter and given her grace, perhaps because he understood her so easily, or because he read between the lines about the son who had been waiting for her all these years. Just as he himself did, expected and longed for.

The boy August thinks he is better than others, but under his fragile facade hides a small and scared boy. When August’s mother is arrested, it is his grandmother who takes care of him and she tells about his grandfather’s experiences during the Napoleonic Wars, which, like the terrible trauma he experienced with his mother, leaves traces in his soul.

Wounded Souls is a novel about how guilt and shame can be inherited and about finding truth and love. A book worth reading, far from romanticized descriptions of history and with a hefty dose of dirty everyday life.