“This is not a book about grief; it’s a book about life, all the colours of it.”
In August, the author’s wife Rose is 17 weeks pregnant with their third child. When her waters suddenly break, the medical verdict is grim: the child has no chance of survival. Rose struggles to give up on the life inside her, and a rift opens up between the couple. But a heart-breaking decision must be made.
Only a few months later, Rose is pregnant again – with twins. When they receive two tiny babies, 13 weeks prematurely, a struggle for life begins.
One of the most talented and beloved writers of his generation in Finland, a father of four, Juha Itkonen has written an autobiographical book about an extraordinary year. It’s a deeply touching and relentless account, told by a modern father who – despite all his commitment – sometimes cannot help but be an outsider. Beyond Our Reach is a nominee for Bonnier's Grand Journalism Prize / Book of the Year.
Rights & BrandsLeenastiina Kakko
“[The author] excels at putting into words something that borders on the impossible: the question of life and death, applied to one’s own children, goes beyond reason.”– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
Juha Itkonen (b. 1975) is one of the most talented and beloved writers of his generation in Finland. He has received several important prizes and is a regular contributor to various magazines and newspapers. Itkonen has written several novels, rewarding his readers with sensitive narration on love and family relationships, true-to-life details, and complex, well-drawn characters. His works effortlessly capture the spirit of the era. There is a fair touch of melancholy in his narration, but also understanding, light and hope.