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Blue Notes
Blue Notes

Blue Notes


Literature in Translation Series


242 Pages, 5.25 x 8.0

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $20.00 (US $20.00) (CA $23.00)

Publication Date: February 2024

ISBN 9781771668675

Rights: WOR X CA

Book*hug Press (Feb 2024)


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How much grief is too much? How far should we go to avoid pain? From the author of the international bestselling novel Agatha comes a literary medical thriller about loss, empathy, science, Big Pharma, and societal norms.

A Danish university research group is finishing its study of a new medicine, Callocain: the world’s first pill for grief. But psychology professor Thorsten Gjeldsted suspects that someone has manipulated the test results to hide a disturbing side effect. When no one believes him, he teams up with two students to investigate: Anna, who has recently experienced traumatic grief herself, and Shadi, whose statistical skills might prevent her from living a quiet life in the shadows. Together, these sleuthing academics try to discover what’s really happening before the drug becomes widely available.

Blue Notes is brimming with ethical and existential ideas about the search for identity and one’s place in the world, while offering a highly original literary adventure that ultimately underscores the healing power of love.


"A touching meditation on love and loss and what it means to be truly human.” —Elyse Friedman, author of The Opportunist

Blue Notes is well written, well oiled, and well researched. The novel’s strength lies in the author’s ability to portray the different ways grief can manifest: she uses the individual characters and their lives to open up a discussion about whether grief is really a disease or ‘merely’ an inevitable reaction to loss. This is what you might call a novel with contemporary relevance.” —Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

"A captivating novel about grief, science, and love. I was hooked from the start.” —Anettes Litteratursalon, Denmark

“Anne Cathrine Bomann writes about grief in the most beautiful way, and the first chapters hit me right in the heart. The novel’s greatest asset is its strong characters, as well as the genuinely moving descriptions of how it feels to be mired in profound grief... It is a fascinating, well-written, and thought-provoking book, and I highly recommend it.” —Hverdagsbog, Denmark

"A touching meditation on love and loss and what it means to be truly human.” —Elyse Friedman, author of The Opportunist

Author Biography

ANNE CATHRINE BOMANN lives in Copenhagen dividing her time between writing and working as a psychologist. She also played table tennis for Denmark and won the national championship twelve times. She is the author of two novels, Blue Notes and Agatha, which became a word-of-mouth success following publication in Denmark and has been translated into twenty-three languages.

CAROLINE WAIGHT is an award-winning literary translator working from Danish, German, and Norwegian. She has translated a wide range of books, including The Lobster’s Shell by Caroline Albertine Minor, Agatha and Blue Notes by Anne Cathrine Bomann, Island by Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen and The Chief Witness by Sayragul Sauytbay and Alexandra Cavelius. She grew up travelling around the world, living in eight different countries. Having first studied music at Cambridge, Oxford, and Cornell, she worked in publishing before transitioning into full-time literary translation. She now lives and works near London.