Tellervo is a fallen tree, a mummified crocodile – until she decides to turn into a magnetic woman.
Tellervo will soon be 40. She has three university degrees and works in a kiosk. She’s living the best years of her life, but where is the meaningful relationship? Tellervo decides to take the advice of an American relationship coach and turn into a ‘magnetic woman’ and find Mr. Right. Of course, adequate preparation is important, as are underwear, pelvic floor muscles and good photos (no selfies). It’s also crucial to be a pearl and understand your pearliness. Soon Tellervo is inundated with invitations for dates, and she starts flitting through a motley crowd of men.
Let's Stop the Time is a funny, cheeky and slightly awkward story about truth morphed into sexual capital, about a tumultuous inner world – and the lack of it. It’s also a boisterous account of Tellervo and her friend, a story about a frantic search and loss of another person.
Helsinki Literary Agency Urpu Strellman
“The novel flows with an amazing ease from humorous situations to profound reflections about being human.”– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
Henriikka Tavi is an awarded poet, whose debut novel Let's Stop the Time was shortlisted for the Runeberg Prize 2019.