• Fiction
      August 2017

      Crossing

      Tiranan sydän

      by Pajtim Statovci

      A powerful and symbolic novel of unattainable love and the wars that never end. In the devastation of post-Communist Albania, life is akin to imprisonment for the inseparable young friends Bujar and Agim. While Bujar struggles to come to terms with the loss of his father, Agim is facing new realizations about his gender, sexuality, and feelings for Bujar. Shame, guilt, and the ruins of Enver Hoxha’s authoritarianism push Bujar and Akim to leave everything behind and flee to Italy. But the unfamiliar new life of an immigrant and asylum seeker caught in a foreign country, language, and even body, begins to seem like nothing more than a dead end. The burning desire to be seen and heard spurs a desperate search for another story, another nationality, another past. A different self to be seized at any cost. Pajtim Statovci’s highly topical second novel immerses the reader in a refugee’s fragile state of mind and the broken reality of millions today. Heartlines is stunningly beautiful, rich both in prose and tone, a powerful and symbolic novel of unattainable love and the wars that never end. But most of all, of the lies that give stories their power. 'Crossing' will be out with Panthenon Books (US) in April and Pushkin Press (UK) in May 2019.

    • Fiction

      The Way of the Bee

      by Heikki Kännö

      In a dizzyingly imaginative debut, Heikki Kännö weaves a dark mystery full of suspense, art, mysticism – and Nazis. What if we could manipulate reality or travel in time through art? The German artist Joseph Beuys seems to be doing just that, and is being watched by a secret unit of the SS, using occultist research in their attempt to rebuild the Third Reich. Later, a young woman named Dora Schuster escapes from East Germany and her alcoholic father to reach West Berlin. She meets Klaus Veit, an aspiring artist and petty criminal. Together they end up in Düsseldorf, where Beuys works as an art professor. Their paths cross in a way that transcends history. But what happens to love when time can be manipulated? Breathtakingly original, The Way of the Bee combines speculative fiction and art thriller in a work of great philosophical depth.

    • Fiction

      Miss U reminisces about her so-called relationship history

      by Eeva Turunen

      Episodic debut full of gentle, neurotic humour. Miss U’s relationships are colourful: there is the boy who refuses to eat anything red; the boy who names his bands after mystical elements of nature; and the boy who has a bathroom full of yellow rubber ducks. Which one will Miss U choose? In Eeva Turunen’s debut, the characters’ neuroses, weaknesses and eccentricities result in vivid encounters. Some of the relationships involve same-sex or ambiguous gender pairings, but in essence the stories are about loneliness, the search for a connection, and building a personal identity. Turunen portrays difficult, shameful emotions sensitively and with humour. She has an eye for weirdness.

    • Fiction

      Dolphin Meditation

      by Harry Salmenniemi

      “The certainty of the fact that nobody is fundamentally happy gives me a reason to continue." Dolphin Meditation is a bare-bones blend of madness, politics and guts. We come to understand a young woman’s life from the perspective of her upset stomach; how brushing your teeth can strip your life of all meaning; the political-erotic delusions of a woman lying in a hospital bed; and how thinking about dolphins calms the mind. The insightful stories overlap with cultural criticism and cries of anguish. When hopelessness threatens, hysterical laughter saves the day. Behind it all hovers a psychiatrist who has lost his mind and helps his patients from his own perspective.

    • Fiction

      Let's Stop the Time

      by Henriikka Tavi

      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.

    • Fiction
      May 2019

      Dark Light

      by Petri Karra

      The son calls. The father answers. The next night, the destruction begins. A new fast-paced psychological thriller about a parent’s love for his son – and the crimes committed to protect him. Henrik Valli despises his drug addict son, Niko. They've been an unhappy family as long as they can remember. Henrik has done his best to purge Niko from their life. But one night the telephone rings. Niko has made a bigger mess of his life than Henrik ever feared. A father’s love wins out: he has to help his son. It requires a crime. Anna, Henrik’s wife and Niko’s mother, is a police detective, and they have to hide the crimefrom her. Bit by bit the whole family enters a nightmare in which everyone’s notions of right and wrong must be re-evaluated. What are you willing to do to protect your child?

    • Fiction
      April 2017

      The Seventh Spring

      Seitsemäs kevät

      by Tiina Laitila Kälvemark

      A novel of greed, love, and the price of dreams. Who will pay the final bill and for whose happiness? Susanne has ordered a baby from India and it is Padma’s task to give birth to it. Padma’s son Sani dreams of a pair of football boots and a new ball, but that dream can only come true after the baby has arrived. TV meteorologist Peter has been taken off the air. He’d give anything to be able to stand in front of the weather map again and forecast the arrival of a heatwave. Seasons are capricious in the Nordic countries: for six consecutive years, spring has given way directly to the autumn, without the much-awaited bliss of summer in between. Will the seventh spring finally usher in the summer? Tiina Laitila Kälvemark’s (b. 1970) new novel is a scorching portrayal of a world in which small choices lead to significant consequences. The hopes and fates of seven individuals living far from each other around the world are intertwined in a surprising way. Planning and yearning, each of them hopes to have their dreams fulfilled, but in the end life surprises them all.

    • Fiction
      August 2017

      Yellow Sulphur Sky

      Den svavelgula himlen

      by Kjell Westö

      An epic love story about a wealthy Helsinki family and the man who uncovers their secrets. From the winner of the Nordic Council Award 2014. Yellow Sulphur Sky is first and foremost an epic love story about a wealthy Helsinki family and the man who uncovers their secrets. The novel stretches back to the narrator’s sun-bleached childhood memories of the ‘60s all the way to today’s growing darkness. A masterful tale of how love and friendship come to be, how these develop over time, and how we are crucially shaped by gender, class and the times we live in. An ambitious depiction of generations, family bonds and Helsinki, about hopes and dreams, love and memories—Kjell Westö at his very best.

    • Fiction
      August 2017

      The End of Innocence

      Viattomuuden loppu

      by Leena Lehtolainen

      A female detective police procedural, The End of Innocence is also a study of young men’s fragile sexuality. Perfect for fans of Lynda La Plante’s DCI Jane Tennison series. When a newly-released child molester is found dead in an abandoned playground, the case lands on Maria Kallio’s desk. As newly-appointed chief of the child & youth crime unit, Kallio finds herself with a highly sensitive homicide case on her hands, with suspects including the deceased’s victims and their relatives. A harrowing case for Maria, as the mother of a teenage son herself, the novel examines whether we can survive abuse, and privacy in the age of the internet.

    • Fiction
      September 2017

      The Colonel’s Wife

      Everstinna

      by Rosa Liksom

      An elderly woman tells us her life story. An internal monologue that grows into an anatomy of time. How her father made her a daughter of the White Finland. How her husband—the Colonel—made her a Nazi, fraternizing with the right-wing elite, travelling the world. It is about Finland, a nation preparing for war while precariously inhabiting the space between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. It is opening old wounds and makes the stench of history inescapable. The novel is also about the union between a man and a woman. A strong, head-over-heels infatuation with a man 30 years her senior. Despite the future mother-in-law’s warning about her son’s temper, they enter a violent and destructive marriage. And it is about survival and finding peace despite having gone through a true hellscape.

    • Fiction
      August 2017

      Before My Husband Disappears

      Ennen kuin mieheni katoaa

      by Selja Ahava

      What happens when the map of your life changes? There are sentences that divide time into before and after. A woman loses her husband with one of these sentences. Helplessly she watches as she has less of a husband left with each passing day and how the past and the future collapse into the unknown. She wants to commit her husband to memory before he disappears: who he was, how he moved, how he sat on the blue duvet, breathing, after just waking up. But other images unexpectedly rise to the surface above the others: Columbus kissing the sands of India. Columbus drawing a map that puts the mountains, islands, and harbors in place. Columbus yelling into a storm: “India was there!” And the woman thinks: it’s possible to stand on a sandy beach, draw an island on a map and give it a name, and be off by a continent at the same time

    • Fiction
      September 2017

      The Whale Called Goliath

      Valas nimeltä Goliat

      by Cristina Sandu

      A whale the size of a ballistic missile travels to Bucharest in the middle of the Cold War. The news upsets even the small Red Village. Legends, myths and fairy tales are rooted into the villagers in this multilayered, assured debut novel. In 1960’s, in the middle of the Cold War, a finback whale travels to Bucharest, Romania. It is suspiciously the same size as a Ballistic missile. Nearby, in a commune called The Red Village, a father decides to take his two sons to see the whale. That day changes the lives of these two boys: later, one will leave to the U.S. as the happy winner of the Green Card Lottery, and the other will fall in love with a blue-eyed Finn, eventually becoming a philosopher in Helsinki. The narrator of this story is Alba, born and raised in Helsinki, the daughter of the philosopher. Now in her thirties, she is struggling to make sense of a long-distance relationship. Alba spent the best part of her childhood summers in the Red Village, but has not been back in years. Suddenly her grandfather dies, and she must return. In the midst of the wake—the grandfather lying on the kitchen table in the dim light, the local burial rites gathering the whole village together—she is entangled in her family’s dark and fascinating past, and in the history of the village itself.

    • Fiction
      June 2017

      The White Flowers of Poison

      Myrkkykeiso

      by Eppu Nuotio

      This first book in a garden crime series introduces us to a charming modern-day Miss Marple At 58, Ellen Spring, recently retired and widowed, is in the prime of her life. She loves to travel and is obsessed by the perennials in her garden. Inventive and attractive, she is flattered by men around her—but doesn’t want to commit to anything more than a fling with her younger lover. However, Ellen is also an exceptionally perceptive individual, with a curious mind and an ability to smell a rat. A young mother takes some time off alone at the summer cottage. Her husband is overwhelmed by the sudden responsibility of taking care of their two-year-old daughter. Luckily, Ellen Spring is available to help. But when the mother doesn’t return in time, it seems Ellen has more work to do than she originally prepared herself for. How did this beautiful young woman with an apparently perfect life disappear? Ellen is inspired by gardens around the world. In the first book, she reminisces about the amazing gardens in the city of Berlin. In Book #2 she becomes fascinated by the flora of Cadíz.

    • Fiction

      The Glass River

      by Tommi Kinnunen

      Bestselling author Tommi Kinnunen’s third novel delves into the lives and fortunes of a community of glass factory workers picking up the pieces after the war The Tyynelä family have grown up in the shadows of the glassworks. Jussi, the eldest of three, is moved from pillar to post around different menial jobs, while the others work their way up through the ranks. He sees the world differently, more acutely than those around him. Jussi’s sisters are consumed by their own lives and worries. Helmi works at the factory and is filled with nostalgia. Irascible Raili remembers her former life in Helsinki, believing that to get ahead in life, one must simply have the will to do so. The war has changed everything. With his unmistakable style and lyrical prose, Tommi Kinnunen portrays the microcosm of the glassworks, the destinies of its people and the shape of their emotions and relationships with one another in the aftermath of the war.

    • Fiction

      Rose is Gone

      by Katja Kettu

      A wild and lyrical epistolary novel about love, unfulfilled dreams and finding your roots by award-winning writer Katja Kettu Ettu wakes up at his home on a Minnesota reservation one day to find his beloved Rose is gone. At the police station, it turns out that Rose is not the only thing he’s missing; he’s lost all the past thirty-five years that she has been missing from his side. The story of Rose’s disappearance and Ettu’s decline is narrated by their adult daughter Lempi. Half-Ojibwa, half-Finn, Lempi struggles with the inevitable conflict of her own identity – too white on the reservation and too Indian off it. Lempi pieces together the fragments of the kaleidoscopic canvas of her life: childhood recollections of her mother’s presence; the bitter, episodic stings of adolescence; nostalgia and the distant roots in the distant homeland of her Finnish grandparents. Gradually, she comes to understand how memory sustains our identity, experiences, and worldview – as well as the healing power of oblivion. With echoes of Blixen and Marquez, Katja Kettu’s fifth novel, Rose is Gone is a sweeping narrative suffused with a reality-transcending hope: a love story that sparks into flame, telling a tale rich in its prose under the thrall of the unfettered imagination, of a reality that is more hopeful than those of many others’ in today’s world.

    • Fiction

      Pastoral

      by Aki Ollikainen

      A Midsummer Night’s Dream spin-off The visions and realities of different generations meet in the course of one day. Time travels through itself. Strange things happen – and some ordinary ones as well. Two young people fall in love, an older couple are unhappy in their relationship, two even older people have found a beautiful peace in one another. But the world of Pastoral is also cruel and unpredictable. Dark clouds appear in the blue sky, a huge wolf lurks in the shadows, and mocking ravens perch on branches. And when the morning comes, death has rampaged through the idyll. The long-awaited third novel by Aki Ollikainen glows like a pastoral idyll and a midsummer night’s dream.

    • Fiction

      The Case of the Risen Dough

      by Mirjam Lohi

      Love, everyday comedy and gentle suspense in a good-humoured new “mum-lit” title Sointu Suominen is a dreamy, loving and slightly ditzy mum who decides to start a new career as a real-estate agent. The big firms with their stylish professionals steal clients from under her nose, but Sointu is not discouraged. Drawing her strength from interior design, tea-drinking and harmonious living, Sointu has decided to do her own thing. And now she has time to spy on her neighbours, write a cheerful blog and distribute leaflets for her own estate agency. At the same time, in a Helsinki apartment, an old lady receives a letter that turns her world upside down. The next day, a bowl of risen dough is found in the apartment, together with the lady, who has died wearing an evening gown. By coincidence, it is Sointu who gets the job of selling the apartment – at the same time becoming involved in solving the case of the risen dough. Full of love, humour and gentle suspense, The Case of the Risen Dough starts the Mama Agent Arranges series.

    • Fiction
      April 2019

      The Master of Silence

      The Finlandia and Runeberg Prize-nominated author of O

      by Miki Liukkonen

      The Finlandia and Runeberg Prize-nominated author of O returns with a dazzling, genre-defying novel that captures the zeitgeist of our time. “There is no direct communication. There is always a filter in between. In this instance, it’s you.” At midday, a twenty-something man is found dead in his office chair. Meanwhile, Herman Leorne is interviewing people for his YouTube channel, debating the interestingness of things. Elsewhere, a mother with an eating disorder considers ending her life with an overdose of Botox. How, then, does all this tie in to the significance of Sinatra’s My Way in karaoke history, stringent Subway™ staff training days, and iced coffee? In its titular homage to Rimbaud, Liukkonen proves himself to be a seer of the big questions of our time, with influences of Foster Wallace and Mishima in evidence in this brilliant new work.

    • Fiction

      Beyond Our Reach

      by Juha Itkonen

      “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 haswritten 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.

    • Fiction

      Archipelago

      by Ina Westman

      A stirring eco-novel about a relationship on the rocks set against the idyllic backdrop of a Nordic summer. “One day we, too, will disappear from here. The island will remain.” Emma, Joel and their young daughter, Fanni, spend the summer at their island hideaway in the Finnish archipelago. Emma suffers headaches and hallucinations caused by the livid scar on her head. Struggling to remember what has happened, she begins to drift away from Joel, as she and he, in turn, tell their points-of-view with interjecting conversations between Fanni and her grandfather. Evincing the atmosphere and intergenerational dialogue of Tove Jansson's The Summer Book, Ina Westman skilfully navigates Emma and Joel’s relationship, peeling away the layers of themselves as their shared future hangs in the balance. Can they find their way back to each other? Will she remember what happened to her before her nightmares subsume her entirely? An often haunting, beautiful, and layered narrative of a couple at sea with each other, and the uncomfortable truths of climate change, racism and migration.

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