Between Two Worlds

Original title: Kahden maailman tyttö

Published: 2011

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: 250

Nominated for the Topelius Prize 2012

You can run away but you will never escape your family – we are everywhere!

Tara, a seventeen-year old Kurdish girl, wants the same things as Finnish girls of her age. She wants to wear make-up and dress fashionably, have hobbies, be on Facebook and meet up with her friends. Beautiful Tara enjoys the attention of boys and would like to do a little bit of flirting herself. Her father considers such behaviour unacceptable; he wants his daughter to obey old traditions, which require a young girl to hold on to her chastity until she is married off to a man who is part of the same community.

When Tara starts dating Janne, she knows she is playing with fire. The relationship comes to light and soon Tara learns of her father’s plans to marry her to a relative who lives abroad.


“This book once again shows why Marja-Leena Tiainen is such a household name in Finnish youth fiction. She has the ability to empathize with young people, describing them from the inside out. “

Marja-Leena Tiainen

Marja-Leena Tiainen is one of the most respected and beloved Finnish YA authors, with more than 30 children’s and young adults’ novels under her belt. She often tackles difficult themes such as death, racism or teenage pregnancy in her novels, which by no means lack in emotional depth. Her numerous accolades include the Topelius Prize and two nominations for the ALMA.


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