ACTS OF INFIDELITY, by Lena Anderson, Pan Macmillan


A new novel from August-Prize winning Lena Andersson, author of Wilful Disregard.

When Ester Nillson meets actor Olof Sten, she quickly recognises that they have an extraordinary connection, and falls madly in love. Olof makes no secret of being married, but he and Ester nevertheless start to meet regularly and begin to conduct a strange dance of courtship. Olof insists that he doesn’t plan to leave his wife, but he doesn’t seem to object to this new situation either. And so, as their relationship continues over years, over repeated summers of distance, and winters of heated meetings in bars, Ester Nilsson realizes she has become a mistress.

Cutting, often cruel, and written with razor-sharp humour, Lena Andersson explores the role of the lover in our culture through the unabating Ester Nilsson. Impeccably observed, clever and true, Ester is your brilliant friend and you are her confidant.

Published June 2018


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

An old story made new.  Married man cheating on wife with younger woman, lies to keep younger woman hanging while remaining married.

Younger woman becomes invested in relationship emotionally and has difficulty with idea of ending relationship.  Man plays all the games to ” have his cake and eat it too.”

Blah, blah, blah.

Well written, great character development, surprise ending, typical events included, love the pink!

It’s put together well. I can’t rag on the writing at all, the manner of which the book is comprised, the arcs are all in place. The concept… it’s been done.  The exception, it’s done well in this case.

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