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WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins

CROATIA: Planetopia
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Gummerus
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s

Original title: Sakset

Author: Laura Lindstedt

Illustrator: Laura Lindstedt

Published: 2007

Publisher: Teos

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 240

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Laura Lindstedt’s impressive novel Scissors succeeds in developing from a description of contemporary adoptive parenthood and motherhood into a discourse on fundamental issues.

Scissors is a story of a woman, Maria, who adopts a little girl from China. Great expectations and the desire to love turn to inadequateness before the child’s blank stare. What happens if a child doesn’t respond at all? Or if the mother and the child are afraid of each other?

Lindstedt writes boldly about a woman’s life and the need to love one’s child. The novel discusses sensitive matters that are not often talked about: the distance between child and parent, the fear of failure and finally a mother’s mental instability.

Scissors manifests both a great command of language and structure and a skillful ability to manipulate plot.


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Laura Lindstedt’s debut novel Scissors is a complex work which stands up to scrutiny with flying colours. (…) What makes Scissors such an impressive work is precisely the way it succeeds in developing from a description of contemporary adoptive parenthood and motherhood into a discourse on fundamental issues. These issues are put forward so skilfully that the reader is assured of the significance of this kind of literature.
– Mervi Kantokorpi, Helsingin Sanomat

Whatever the genre, from year to year the quality of debut novels increases. One example is Scissors, the first novel of Laura Lindstedt, 31, which is a truly professional work, with particularly rich language. She was a writer before she ever wrote her first novel.
– Jorma Heinonen, Keskisuomalainen

Laura Lindstedt

Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) became a critical darling with her adoption-themed debut novel Scissors (Sakset, Teos 2007), which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary honour. She is currently revising her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015) is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death. Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, earning her the coveted 2015 Finlandia Prize. Lindstedt’s latest novel My Friend Natalia has been a critical success and the rights have been sold to 12 territories.


Laura Lindstedt


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