“Where Itäranta shines is in her rejection of conventional plots and in her understated but compelling characters. The work is a deceptively tranquil examination of a world of dust and ashes where the tenacious weed of hope still survives.”
– Publishers Weekly, 7 April 2014
Read the full review here: publishersweekly.com
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.
Itäranta’s accolades include the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors in 2012 and the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013. Harper Voyager, an imprint focusing on science fiction, will publish the English-language edition of Memory of Water on May 6th in the UK and June 10th in the U.S. The City of Woven Streets, an independent follow-up, is scheduled for a 2015 publication.
World English, HarperCollins (2-book deal)
Arabic, Dar Al Muna
Brazil, Record (2-book-deal)
France, Place des Editeurs (2-book deal)
Germany, DTV/Reihe Hanser
Hungary, Metropolis Media (2-book deal)
Japan, Nishimura Shoten (2-book deal)
Spain, Ediciones B.
Turkey, Dogan Egmont
Original publisher: Finland, Teos