Gifts

Original title: Lahjat

Published: 2004

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 222

A story about mothers and generations, and how wishes and expectations are passed from one generation to the next.

Tuulia is a housewife with a husband and two children. She is adamant about staying home as long as their youngest is still small, but at times she longs to return to the safer, more familiar halls of academia.

How to pass the tests of motherhood and parenting without flunking? Tuulia feels that she is an intermediary, carefully weighing her values and attitudes before passing them on. Her social life is also restructured, as other mothers step into view: a peer group with which she can share the growing pains of the playground.

Gifts is a novel that seeks to find the roots of the everyday, to remember the things that we often forget. Life with children is not an epic tale, but one built up of small, often irrelevant little events and associations – the details that are effaced in the face of more dramatic life changes.

“Gifts is a modest, but ambitious novel about motherhood –– narrated with an original voice.”
 – Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland

Riina Katajavuori


Riina Katajavuori  is known for both her poetry and her prose, which includes works for both adults and children; her poetry has been translated into more than 20 languages. She is also a frequent columnist for several Finnish magazines. Among her best-known projects is the Pentti picture book series created in collaboration with illustrator Salla Savolainen. Katajavuori’s novel Gifts (Tammi 2004) was nominated for the prestigious Runeberg prize. The Ladies of Seven Brothers (Tammi 2014) became an instant classic upon its fall 2014 publication.

 

 

Bibliography


Riina Katajavuori

The Ladies of Seven Brothers

2014, Literary

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