Original title: Liha tottelee kuria
A refreshing human comedy about pleasure and the dangers of self-deceit, a fatal mistake and eating jam.
The Silola family is the picture of perfection. There’s the house by the sea that looks like a sugar cube. There’s the father, a famous conductor who exhibits absolutely no trace of the famous Finnish melancholy. There’s the mother, an elegant interior designer who facelifts people’s homes with the gentle bedside manner of a family doctor.
And then there are the three children: beautiful, brilliant 22-year-old Astra; 18-year-old novice body-builder Silmu; and 4-year-old Pelagia, an afterthought who scatters toy animals around the family’s gorgeous home.
Everything is perfect as long as no one finds the carefully hidden vials and the hypodermic needles unsmiling boys jab in each other in the dark corners of the gym. And no one must know about the yacht, its steamed-up windows and chandelier, its shackles and whips. And let’s keep quiet about that fatal mistake on that holiday trip.
Jelly Control is a human comedy about family, happiness, corporeality, pleasure and self-deceit. It is also a lively novel about the dangers of eating jam, the ins and outs of gym etiquette and the basic principles of throwing the party of the year.
FINLAND, WSOY (Original publisher)