The Angry Widow

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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):
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ITALY, Marsilio
SPAIN, Suma / Penguin Random House

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.


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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