A story about a happy island’s odd past and even odder present.
Malcolm Island, Canada, 1901. A group of idealistic Finnish settlers have decided to realise their dream and set up Sointula, a utopia based on communal ownership and democracy. Troubles soon follow. Communal living doesn’t sit well with everyone, the cow shed isn’t completed, a fire’s set ablaze, the community gets into debt and the bridge construction project hits the dust.
Malcolm Island, Canada, 2017. The utopia crashed and burned over a hundred years ago, but the local Finnish community is still blossoming. The centenary of Finnish independence is approaching, and a divorced couple turns up on the island in the midst of preparations for the party. She is on a mission to refurbish the Finnish museum; he, a failed actor, is on a mission to rock the boat.
Helsinki Literary AgencyUrpu Strellman
Mari Mörö is an award-winning author, whose novel Gifts of a Gentle Night (1998) was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize and was awarded the Runeberg Prize.