On the surface, Erica’s life seems quite perfect. She and her partner Tom love each other and enjoy living together. At least that is what Erica thought…
One evening Tom tells her that he needs a break in their relationship. This comes as a shock to Erica. She goes home, drinks herself into a stupor and only wakes up when there’s a ring on the door. When she opens it, Death is standing there. Erica is so deep in despair that she is neither frightened nor particularly surprised by this – partly, perhaps, because Death looks nothing like he’s supposed to.
Her sorrow at Tom’s deceit changes Erica, whose attitude to the world grows more and more judgmental. With Death as her ally, she greedily takes this opportunity to “clean up” around her. All control is lost in the ensuing drama, and she begins to make mistakes with devastating consequences…
Caipirinha with Death is a hilarious story, in the true sense of the word. An off-beat romantic comedy with elements of suspense.
A story every bit as ice-cold and different as its title, offering extremes of fascination and excitement. Even though there has been an inflation in the literary depictions and personifications of death, this is like none other that I have read. With its contemporary setting in Stockholm, it feels modern and timeless. The language is delightful and gets a standing ovation in its own right. Read with delectation!