The Angry Widow

Reading material

English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition

Original title: Vihainen leski

Published: 2018

Publisher: Teos

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 247 pp.

A Man Called Ove meets Sex and the City

For the past 12 years, 74-year-old Ulla has cared for her paralyzed husband, a mean and slightly alcoholic man. At his funeral, all she can think is: finally! She reconnects with old friends and starts living every day as if it were her last. Her adult children try to stop her newfound debauchery in many ways – but the biggest change comes along in the guise of an older gentleman.

The Angry Widow is an amusing and entertaining story about how friendships and love affairs change when you grow old. With warmth and sarcasm Lindgren examines the questions of what it means to be seventy in a world where everyone over 65 ticks the same age box in a survey.


Rights sold (The Angry Widow):
FINLAND, Teos
CZECH REPUBLIC, XYZ
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ITALY, Marsilio
SLOVAKIA, XYZ
SPAIN, Suma / Penguin Random House

”A beautiful and ironic reading. A novel of topical relevance, which deals with the issue of aging and the problems related to the elderly with particular sensitivity. The writer proves, once again, to be very attentive and profoundly familiar with the topic she is talking about, attracting the sympathies and curiosities of an attentive and discerning reader.” sololibri.it (Italy)

With ”Ricomincio da vedova” Minna Lindgren confirms to be an amazing author, able to give life to credible and unforgettable characters and to treat old age in a serene and at first sight carefree, but without neglecting the reflections on a world that does not seem to know what to do with those who have exceeded a certain threshold at the registry office. – Thrillernord.it (Italy)

”It is a fun and easy-going novel, with that touch of macabre that the authors of the Nordic area never spare. The eccentric Pike and his being over the top even in describing his vaginal dryness to unsuspecting bar patrons is fun. Attending hot yoga classes and ”winery gymnastics” th at promises a pelvic floor workout to make spontaneous orgasms in the bus feel funny is related to the image of women in their seventies.  (..) Between the pages we can allow ourselves to be more open-minded than we would if it touched our parents. Or at least, we can begin to train ourselves to have the right reactions if we ever happen to recover our drunk mother in a cocktail bar.”  – criticaletteraria.org (Italy)

”The author’s style is simple and smooth. Although the themes dealt with are complex and socially ”heavy”, the tight narrative rhythm allows the reader to follow the events with pleasure and to side with the elderly heroine.” -ragazzainrosso.wordpress.com (Italy)

”Minna Lindgren’s novel  is a window on the fourth age, that period of life in which you stand in line for early morning analyzes and a cocktail at the bar in the evening. And Minna Lindgren recounts old age in these terms, with humor and cynicism – dark Finnish humor – but also with empathy and melancholy, touching on unexpected topics such as psychological violence on women and alcoholism.” Stefania Bergo, gliscrittoridellaportaaccanto.com,  (Italy)

A sadly ironic novel, mirror of a reality that (unfortunately) is sadly real.

”When a choleric husband goes to eternal hunting grounds, his life-mate tells himself – finally! She is determined to start living fully. But then the events begin to take the unexpected direction. Funny holiday reading with a touch of romance!”  krajskelisty.cz  (Czech Republic)

 

The Angry Widow is full of rowdy humor and hilarious action […] Lindgren exaggerates, she over-exaggerates, so you just have to laugh at this reality she has created. What a farce, this life.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

“Minna Lindgren writes about aging more hilariously, more sensitively and more sharply than any other contemporary writer.” **** Aamulehti newspaper, Finland

”Minna Lindgren succeeds in mixing rip-roaring humor with chilling text about the hell family caregivers go through.” – ET magazine

”The Angry Widow is in fact a very funny book. It made me laugh on almost every page, mostly out loud. Minna Lindgren describes the everyday life of the elderly with black humor. – –  At it’s wickedest and funniest the book is when describing collisions of different generations. – – Wholly recommended!” – Kirjavinkit website

“Lindgren’s style can be describe as turkey lit, or chick lit for older audiences, or entertaining literature about the problems women with a lot of life experience face. It has its place and it’s suitable reading for other than 70-somethings as well.” – Tuijata blog

“In her great style, Lindgren combines sociocritic analysis with a hilarious story. The snappy language and clever plot sweep away the reader.” – Kirjasta kirjaan blog

“Lindgren finds comic details in our lives and tells them quickly and amusingly; she doesn’t linger on in the jokes or explain them, but rather the narrator relies on the readers’ understanding.” – Suomen kuvalehti magazine

“It’s good to let your hair down every once in a while and listen to The Angry Widow’s wicked way with words. The stereotype of the prim grandma is dumped away right in the beginning of the novel, where 70-somethings’ wild party in a bar is decorated with plentiful cussing and a generous amount of alcohol. The dating life of the retired means seizing the day and living like every day can be your last one.” – Päivän lehti website

 

Minna Lindgren


Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).

The fictional Death in Sunset Grove (Kuolema Ehtoolehdossa, Teos 2013) and Escape from Sunset Grove (Ehtoolehdon pakolaiset, Teos 2014) are the first two entries of a mystery trilogy that takes a sharp and satirical look at life inside a retirement home. Both books have been critical and commercial successes, and well-known British-born Finnish director Neil Hardwick is currently working on a film adaptation.

If you enjoy the whodunits of Miss Marple, the sharp quips of Downton Abbey or the playfulness of the bestsellingThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, you will fall in love with The Sunset Grove Trilogy.

Bibliography


Minna Lindgren

Escape from Sunset Grove

2014, Literary


Minna Lindgren

The End of Sunset Grove

2015, Literary


Minna Lindgren

Death in Sunset Grove

2013, Literary


Minna Lindgren

A Far, Far Love

2019, Literary

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