Critics and readers love Secrets of my Vanity Case by Kaisa Haatanen!

HaatanenAug2015Kaisa Haatanen, who is well-known for her long career in publishing, has drawn critical accolades this summer for her debut novel, Secrets of my Vanity Case (Meikkipussin pohjalta, Johnny Kniga 2015). Since its publication earlier this month, the book has already sold out of its first printing!

Secrets of my Vanity Case is a series of short essays by fictional publishing director Tytti Karakoski, a kindred spirit of Bridget Jones and Caitlin Moran. Her sharp observations paint a portrait of life as a 48-year-old, successful single woman: what this kind of life should look like, and what it actually is. Providing both belly laughs and quotable nuggets of wisdom, Haatanen’s novel is sneakily brilliant and wholly relatable.

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Praise for Secrets of my Vanity Case:

”Haatanen demonstrates wisdom in her prose, articulating resounding truths about life and the world. Still the book is so entertaining that while reading I accidentally rode past my tram stop. And, characteristically of the best kind of humor, these texts also have a tragic element and plenty of self-mocking irony. The end product is, in a word, hilarious.”
Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

”Haatanen’s novel is so rousingly funny, sharp, relatable, self-deprecating, touching and thoroughly wonderful that I couldn’t put it down until I had read through the very last page.”
Lily magazine, Tuhat ja yksi kirjaa (”A Thousand and one Books”) blog, Finland

“Haatanen’s prose is both shameless and sophisticated.”
Etelä-Saimaa newspaper, Finland

Original publisher: FINLAND, Johnny Kniga

Reading material
English information sheet
English sample available this fall!
Finnish manuscript


About author

Kaisa Haatanen

Kaisa Haatanen (b. 1966) is a Helsinki-based publisher who describes herself as ”an old maid, a firstborn and a big sister, not particularly ugly or particularly beautiful.” She has worked with books for her entire career, first as a bookseller for nearly a decade and later as an editor. A fan of detective stories, historical fiction, children’s literature and smart fiction written by women, Haatanen describes reading as her most important hobby. The glowingly reviewed Secrets of my Vanity Case (Johnny Kniga) is her debut novel.


2014, Literary Fiction

Secrets of My Vanity Case

Kaisa Haatanen