Emmi Itäranta’s acclaimed debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) will be published in the UK and U.S by HarperCollins (Voyager) on May 6th and June 10th, respectively. Prior to its English-language release, the book is already generating serious critical buzz.
Itäranta was recently included on New York Times bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson’s e-book sampler entitled The New Voices in Fiction Sampler: Summer Selection. The volume of excerpts includes new and upcoming titles by noteworthy debut fiction authors.
Voyager, a HarperCollins imprint focusing on fantasy and science fiction, has described Memory of Water as “an amazing, award-winning speculative fiction debut novel by a major new talent, in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin.” Itäranta’s accolades include the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors in 2012 and the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013.
Set in a dystopian future where water has become a prized commodity, Memory of Water tells the story of 17-year-old Noria who is set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she assumes the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring. Will she be able to safeguard this secret, or will it become exposed with disastrous consequences?
World English, HarperCollins
Arabic, Dar Al Muna
France, Place des Editeurs
Germany, DTV/Reihe Hanser
Hungary, Metropolis Media
Japan, Nishimura Shoten
Spain, Ediciones B.
Turkey, Dogan Egmont
Original publisher: Finland, Teos
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