Reading material

Finnish manuscript
English sample & synopsis

Original title: Juurihoito

Published: 2016

Publisher: Otava

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: approx. 250

The dental chart maps this story of a man’s journey, tracing his lost father’s footsteps from one country to another continent.

Onni Kirnuvaara left to get groceries when his son was just a child – and never returned. The father was never mentioned again. Years later, during a root canal treatment, the son finds out that in addition to his bad dental karma he has a dentist brother, left behind as a child just like him.

The brothers embark on a journey to find out the truth about their father. After many detours they find themselves in the Australian outback. Lousy fathers are fathers too, after all.

On their way to Darwin, secrets are revealed, new family members are found, and lengths of dental floss are needed. Digging to the roots hurts, but under the Southern Cross the ache starts to ease.

Rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Original publisher)
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
HUNGARY, Kossuth
ITALY, Iperborea
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
SWEDEN, Brombergs

”An amusing and thoughtful novel from Finland!” – Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany

”A quirky Nordic story that’s simply fun!“ – Brigitte Extra, Germany

”Quirky humor, a good story, a happy end. Reading is rarely as deliciously amusing while also educative about dental hygiene and public health.” – NDR Kultur, Germany

“Snappy, funny, slangy” – SRF1, Germany

Roots is a particularly amusing novel with a high feel-good content.” website, the Netherlands

“An amusing family story you read with a smile.”Tsum literary blog, the Netherlands

“A cock-and-bull story that touches difficult questions.” Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

“Cool page-turner about men in crisis.” Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

“A comedian’s devices in full use.” – Aamulehti newspaper, Finland

Roots is both psychologically and philosophically well thought-out literature and, best of all, it’s very funny.” – Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Nousiainen weaves human life and the dental glossary together so well that I laughed out loud many times. Sometimes, the best thing in life is a well-timed anaesthetic.” Eeva magazine, Finland

“Roots’ undoubtable trump card is its incisive and genuine yet stylized cast of characters that create a microcosm: in essence, a portrayal of humanity and mankind.” – Keskisuomalainen newspaper, Finland

“We are so happy and proud to publish the new and fantastic humorous writer, Miika Nousianen in Italy. We admire his works and love his frank depictions of Finnish culture mixed with incredible humour, sharp observations, brilliant writing and societal themes, in the great tradition of Arto Paasilinna, Aki Kaurismäki and Kari Hotakainen. We are sure that the Italian readers will fall in love with the adventures of the two incredible brothers of Juurihoito. As our Finnish readers said “A great book: you read it in one breath, it makes you cry (several times) and smile (very often).”” – Cristina Gerosa, editorial director, Iperborea, Italy

”After publishing Raspberry Boat Refugee we have been impatiently waiting for another success story from Miika. When we read the smart and funny Roots, it became obvious that Miika Nousiainen is back in great shape and that we have another success to look forward to.”  – Dorotea Bromberg, publisher, Brombergs, Sweden


Miika Nousiainen

Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.


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