The winner of the Estonian auction for MY ONLY HOME by Hanna Brotherus is Varrak!
We are really happy to let you know that the auction in Estonia for MY ONLY HOME by Hanna Brotherus has now ended and the winner is the largest publishing house in Estonia – Varrak!
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
Haruki Murakami, Elena Ferrante, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood, Mihhail Bulgakov are just some of Varrak’s authors.
Here’s what the Estonians said:
MY ONLY HOME is a story about life itself. A dancer writing about her own life, her identity, and troubles. The Finnish origin and Finnishness of the book doesn’t mean it wouldn’t touch the soul of readers in Estonia. Because in the end, regardless of our nationality, all of us will only have ourselves – our only home.
– Piret Saluri, translator, Estonia
With her debut novel MY ONLY HOME, a dancer and choreographer Hanna Brotherus has also redeemed her place as a writer.
Her book was the #1 Finnish fiction bestseller in 2021 with more than 60.000 copies sold and MY ONLY HOME is also on the top lists of most listened audiobooks on both Storytel and BookBeat in 2021.
Presently Hanna Brotherus is already working on a new title.
MY ONLY HOME by Hanna Brotherus
When her children leave home, a woman takes a deep dive into her past.
She wants to understand all the lives she has lived. She wants to examine whose have been the eyes she has seen herself through, who have been the ones she has yearned to walk beside her, and to understand what she still has ahead of her.
And she wants to begin anew anything that is possible.
My Only Home has already sold more than 60.000 copies and it has been reprinted six times. The reader feedback emphasizes just how moving the striking honesty in the book is and how well one can identify with it. The book moves you, touches you, cleanses you, and makes a profound impact on you.
Hanna Brotherus’ debut novel plumbs through a woman’s different life stages without too much embellishment and in a relatable way.
My Only Home is a fearless auto-fictive novel about the frenzy for life and the acceptance of incompleteness.
When her children leave their home, the woman wants to take a deep dive into the past. She wants to understand all the lives she has lived. She wants to examine whose have been eyes she has seen herself through, who have been the ones she has yearned to walk beside her, and to understand what she still has ahead of her. And she wants to begin anew anything that is possible. An uncompromising journey into the truth behind the memories begins. The gates are wide open when the woman realizes that she is the most important person in her life. Her body is her only home.
MY ONLY HOME
Ainoa kotini, WSOY, March, 2021 331 pp.
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
English sample and synopsis