We are happy to announce the second international deal for Miika Nousiainen’s Roots. Brombergs, the Swedish publisher of his two previous novels Raspberry Boat Refugee and In the Long Run, has now acquired his yet-to-be-published novel about a dysfunctional family and dentistry. The rights were previously sold to Iperborea in Italy.
“After publishing Raspberry Boat Refugee we have been impatiently waiting for another success story from Miika. When we read the smart and funny Roots it became obvious that Miika Nousiainen is back in great shape and that we have another success to look forward to,” says publisher Dorotea Bromberg from Brombergs Bokförlag.
Roots will also premier as a theatrical play in the Finnish National Theatre in November 2016. The previous plays based on his novels have been sold-out critical successes, and Roots is as well guaranteed to make the audience laugh and cry.
Pekka Kirnuvaara’s father went out to get groceries when his son was a child – and never returned. Years later, during a root canal treatment, Pekka finds out that in addition to his bad dental karma he has a dentist brother, left behind as a child just like him. The brothers embark on a journey to find out the truth about their father. Secrets are revealed, new family members are found, and lengths of dental floss are needed.
Roots is at the same time hilarious and touching novel about family relations, roots and rootlessness; the right to your own home country and identity, and the common denominator of humankind. As Cristina Gerosa, the editorial director at Nousiainen’s Italian publisher Iperborea noted: “A great book: you read it in one breath, it makes you cry (several times) and smile (very often).”
English sample & synopsis (coming soon)
FINLAND, Otava (Original publisher)