My Only Home

When her children leave their home, a woman wants to take a deep dive into the past. She wants to understand all the lives she has lived, to examine whose eyes she has seen herself through, to understand what she still has ahead of her. And she wants to have a fresh start in everything possible.

An uncompromising journey into the truth behind memories begins. All of the old wounds and traumas, some spanning generations, are ripped open and exposed with uncompromising honesty, revealing a life punctured by sorrow, illness, pressures, and death. The gates are wide open when the woman realizes she is the most important person in her life. Her body is her only home.

This heart-rending debut novel by the dancer, director, and choreographer, Hanna Brotherus, moves through a woman’s different life stages without excessive embellishment and in a relatable way. MY ONLY HOME is a fearless autofictive novel about the frenzy for life and the acceptance of incompleteness. Reader feedback emphasizes the moving and striking honesty in the book and how well one can identify with it. The book moves, touches, cleanses and has a profound impact.


Irrational Things

Autofictive story of love, death and life between two countries. Turunen’s funny, witty and melancholic voice examines the contradiction of sense and sensibility.

What if you are in love with a good man – a man you have always wanted to fall in love with? But what if this man lives in one country and you in another? Should you be sensible and leave the man to be free and independent? Or should you follow your heart, burn the bridges behind, and go after him?

The narrator travels to Barcelona to study theatre. After a few weeks she falls in love with a local man. Thus begins an intensive relationship that tears her between two countries and two cultures. She learns that relationships are between two individuals who have their own ways of expressing love to others and to themselves.

Turunen’s novel paints a relatable picture of relationships, breakups and the constant battle between fear and love. It is a beautiful picture of a woman growing up and trying to balance between social expectations, commitment and freedom.


The Others of Us

Do we really make our own choices, or are we just part of someone else’s story?

To escape the demands and responsibilities, Tino fetches a jar from the closet, digs out a pill, sets it on the back of his tongue, and accelerates the medicine’s journey to his stomach with some coffee.  He sinks into images of lives that are experienced elsewhere, at different times, through the eyes of other people. He suddenly finds himself writing only stories – and not just stories of the world outside, but he is also writing his own life into a story which events he is no longer able to control.

The Others of Us takes the reader to the road with Jack Kerouac, to a bar with Charles Bukowski, and to have discussions with Edgar Allan Poe and Jane Austen. A lot of people have things to say, but who are actually worth listening?

 


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
GERMANY: Weidle


The Most Beautiful Word

Warm, humorous and beautiful debut novel from the point of view of a stepmother. Patchwork family life, and new beginnings.

  • Debut novel by acclaimed screenwriter and actress
  • Feature film in development by Aurora Studios

Amanda’s life is revolutionized when Onni curves into her life with a yellow minibus, chaos and four children riding along. She has been living an extended youth and cared mainly for her house plants until she met Onni and his kids. Happiness, the laundry pile and the dish mountains grow in their new home. Everything is always lost and the house is permanently messy, but Amanda firmly believes that love conquers all obstacles. But when Onni’s behavior starts to get weirder, she has to decide if love truly fixes everything.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat

FILM: Aurora Studios


Charlotta

Beginning of a new series about the Grand Duchy of Finland in the spirit of Jane Austen.

Strict class hierarchy and fabulous silk ruffles rule in 19th-century Turku, where seamstress Charlotta is looking for her own Mr. Darcy.
When baron Ridderlöw of Starfire Manor hires seamstress Charlotta Silke as a lady’s maid for her sister, their lives change for good.

Charlotta gets her hands on Jane Austen’s newly published Pride and Prejudice and it alters the way she sees her role as a woman. But the book’s ideas of modern love, marriage and early feminism are put to the test as the bitter war-torn baron Ridderlöw becomes romantically interested in Charlotta. Can an ordinary lady’s maid have it all: a meaningful life and the man of her dreams?


Hope Never Dies

A hilariously horrible story straight out of the school world. Finland has the best schools in the world – or does it?

Marja Vehmarvarsi is a 62-year-old teacher, on the verge of retirement. The schools in Finland have been privatized at a brisk pace, and in order to get any work hours Marja has to come up with new learning games for phenomenon-based learning curriculum, and organize weekly meetings for cross-subject synergies.

Marja’s parents Aina and Toivo are almost 100 years old, but nevertheless passionate YouTubers, whose goal is to save the Finnish school system – whatever it takes. Marja’s popularity among the students grows as her parents’ radical plans spread over the internet.


High-Rise

Trainspotting meets City of Gods in a suburban apartment building. Critical success and Finlandia Prize nominee in 2019.

When the high-rise was new it was the pride of the city, an example of modern living, a beacon of a brighter future. But today you won’t find happy homes, stylish decorations or successful people in this building. It has become the residence for those who struggle. In this concrete jungle, everything is connected and lives are fragmented, memories shattered by violence and substances.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Like (orig.)


The Blackbird

A heart-gripping story of loss, letting go, and of hope that won’t fade away – based on a true story.

In August 1989 a young man goes on a cruise boat with his friends, and disappears.  The only thing that returns is a yellow backpack and endless sorrow. The tragedy changes the lives of the whole family. Uncertainty of the brother’s fate makes his little sister ask even years later, what happened on that night on M/S Fennia?

The sister, grown up with the trauma, returns to the memories of past with hope to finally be able to say goodbye.

 


Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
ARABIC: Sefsafa Publishing


Facelift

Tragicomic tale of life’s biggest questions and their surprisingly simple answers.

#humour #problems #wellbeing #socialmedia #fake #facelift

Sami has a dream: he desperately wants to be a father. His biological clock has been ticking for the past 15 years so loudly that sometimes it’s hard to hear his own thoughts. But it’s not so easy to become a father, first of all, you need to find a suitable future mother candidate.

But when Sami’s latest future-mother-candidate rides off with a biker guy, he makes a series of bad choices that cause him to anger the local motorcycle gang. How to fix a life where everything seems to go wrong? Sini, a wellbeing blogger with perfectly instagrammable life arrives to offer a solution.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Kein & Aber


Rage

Story of divorce, alcoholism, and attempts to recover. Faith, hope, love… and rage! EU Literature Prize nominee!

#marriage #divorce #alcoholism #familydrama #love #attraction #translation #competing #recovery

Tuuli is a struggling translator and a mother of Luna, a four-year-old girl. When Tuuli leaves her heavily drinking husband Ilja, the lives of three people change for good.

Rage is a gripping story of divorce, alcoholism, and attempts to recover. It’s also a novel about motherhood, commitment, relationships, and how people and literature are both just as tricky to translate. Three narrators paint a picture of one broken family, and one fragile lizard who seems to keep everything together.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
BULGARIA: Perseus


The Reindeer Mafia

Reindeer Mafia tells the story of the reindeer-rich Nelihanka family that rules the fell county of Utsjoki through property grabs and blackmail. The eldest son Jyppyrä who runs the Wolverine SC snowmobile club becomes the challenger of this cosa nostra of the far north. At stake in the clash between the two criminal factions is not only the control of the village but the future of traditional Sami lifestyle.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Johnny Kniga (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Argo
GERMANY: Antium Verlag


A Far, Far Love

A story of longing, love, and loss. For the fans of The Red Address Book – with a humoristic twist.

Kauko Koskinen is a man of order: receipts are organized, 60 years of calendars are safely stored, and every day has certain rhythms and routines. But when he gets banned from the dementia care home where his wife resides, his life turns upside down. Memories of his youth bring a person from the past back to his mind: where is his first love now? Kauko starts to track down a woman he knew sixty years ago, but is he chasing only a memory or a dream?

From internationally bestselling author of the Sunset Grove trilogy and The Angry Widow.

 


Red Storm

As a small boy grows up in Iraq ruled by Saddam Hussein, fear is always present. His father is part of an underground opposition movement that tries to overthrow the dictator. The father ends up spending years in prison, and the boy learns that just one wrong word can put his life in danger.
The family escapes to melancholy Finland, a country recovering from financial depression. It is a safe country, but the boy grows up with mixed feelings: can one be a good Muslim and a good Finnish boy? When ISIS in rising in Iraq, the boy returns to his home country as a peace negotiator, hoping to build a county where his children can travel safely to one day.


My Friend Natalia

The long-awaited new novel by Finlandia-prize winner! A bold, and brave novel about young woman’s sexuality, the power of narration, and identity.

Natalia starts to see a therapist to help solve the problems in her sex life. It is clear from the beginning that she is not going to play by the rules of the therapy. The weekly sessions combine art, philosophy, literature, childhood memories, and erotic experiences as a method of treatment, and slowly they make Natalia lose all her inhibitions. She starts to enjoy the therapy – maybe too much?

The novel takes a deconstructive approach to the self-help narratives of our time and drives the tools of autofiction into a dead end, asking what is concealed, when everything is revealed.

 


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
BELGIUM: De Bezige Bij
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Gallimard
GERMANY: dtv
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
ITALY: Elliot Edizioni
LITHUANIA: BALTO
NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij
NORWAY: Oktober
ROMANIA: Humanitas Fiction
SWEDEN: Norstedts
UNITED STATES: W.W. Norton / Liveright


The City Wall

A thrilling and amusing novel about extremist hipsters and in-migrants in urban Helsinki in vein of Animal Farm and Look Who’s Back.

The countryside undergoes an economic collapse and the capital is flocked with in-migrants. Hillbillies, hicks and rednecks from all corners of Finland arrive to Helsinki en massé, and there’s someone who does not like that one single bit. Waltteri Finné, a born-and-raised Helsinki citizen, start-up entrepreneur, blogger and owner of a well-groomed lumberjack beard gathers his extremist hipsters to purge the capital from unwanted guests. But journalist Jyry Pesiö is on the case – will he succeed in preventing the hipsters’ terror attack, and more importantly, will he get his break-through scoop?

The City Wall is a novel with a thriller plotline about thriving cities and the emptying countryside. It’s about prejudice, patriots, problems and possibilities. At the same time amusing and serious, it manages to relay something important about our time while being completely preposterous.


The Bystander

A witty and honest artist’s novel about a year in the life of a debut author.

The Bystander is a journey of one year in a life of its writer. When the narrator’s debut novel is published, she feels like everything has changed. Strangely enough no one else seems to notice this. Thus begins an intensive year of esteemed literary prizes, ambivalent reviews, strange interview questions and awkward marketing activities. All the while the narrator ponders the meaning of it all. Why are we here? What is behind the space? What if you are lonely? And its’s spring, and you had just written a book and everything was meant to be great, but people just had their partners and high-quality sofas, and ‘we gotta go’ they said? What if you were expecting something else, but there was just silence everywhere?

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The Bystander is a sharp story of a woman with a looming fear of being invisible, need to achieve, relentless chase for being heard. In addition to pointing out the problems of the art criticism and literary world itself, the novel speaks about the loneliness and being a bystander in 21st century. It asks urgent questions about identity and family, but refuses to give any simple answers.

At the same time ironic and earnest, the novel burrows into the issues of existence, social norms and unconventional choices. The text glows in the depiction of everyday details: watering the house plants, riding a bike and cooking noodles. It shifts between fiction and reality, mixing shame and self-contemptuous humour with sharp narration.

Chillingly ironic, crunching depiction of the today’s world and the female position on it. Talentedly constructed artist novel with lean and precise sentences and an autobiographical voice that turns many times into essay-like narration.

The Bystander is Saara Turunen’s second novel. Her first, Love/Monster (2015), was awarded with a prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literary prize.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand


The Angry Widow

A Man Called Ove meets Sex and the City

For the past 12 years, 74-year-old Ulla has cared for her paralyzed husband, a mean and slightly alcoholic man. At his funeral, all she can think is: finally! She reconnects with old friends and starts living every day as if it were her last. Her adult children try to stop her newfound debauchery in many ways – but the biggest change comes along in the guise of an older gentleman.

The Angry Widow is an amusing and entertaining story about how friendships and love affairs change when you grow old. With warmth and sarcasm Lindgren examines the questions of what it means to be seventy in a world where everyone over 65 ticks the same age box in a survey.


Rights sold (The Angry Widow):
FINLAND, Teos
CZECH REPUBLIC, XYZ
ESTONIA: Pegasus
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ITALY, Marsilio
SLOVAKIA, XYZ
SPAIN, Suma / Penguin Random House


Raspberry Boat Refugee

Mikko Virtanen has a problem. He does not want to be a Finnish man, the grumpy epitome of anxiety and low self-esteem. He has decided to become Swedish instead, by any means necessary.

The road to Swedishness is a long one, and the price to pay high. But what wouldn’t you do for a chance to live as a member of the most democratic society of the world, in the ‘folkhemmet’ of ABBA, mamma’s meat balls and social democracy?

Mikko Virtanen becomes Mikael Andersson – the empathic, loving and dialogical father of two from Gothenburg, but when his lifetime wish is fulfilled, everything goes haywire.


Rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Orig. publisher)
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
SWEDEN, Brombergs


The Amazing Life and Times of Coco Kafka

An assured, sweeping debut about life, love and science with language like postmodern fireworks. With echoes of Diana Gabaldon, and H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, a must-read for David Mitchell fans.

Coco Kafka and her colleague Chang are nearing a scientific breakthrough: they are about to find a cure for blindness. Their Russian rivals Popov and Karpov are hot on their heels: the race against time is on. But who’s playing tricks on whom? where will the poisonous cholera toxin end up? who stole the priceless Manet painting? and where in time and space is the mysterious Mrs. Sagiv now travelling?

The Amazing Life and Times of Coco Kafka is an abundant and mischievous debut about the unseeing and the seeing, of metamorphoses and crisscrossing realities, and of epic love.


Wilderness Warrior

When the End of the World As We Know It arrives, Ahma is prepared. He has his house in the backwoods, a food cache and vegetable patch, and his guns. He can face The End alone, just like his namesake ’ahma’, the wolverine. Yet for reasons unknown even to him, the hardware store’s cashier Pamsu, Linnea, who looks after useless creatures like horses, and Kapu, the manliest man alive, all crash at Ahma’s cabin and he is forced to join their small tribe.

Laura Gustafsson’s third novel is a study of the human race: of the individual and the community. It’s inspired by survivalism, green movements, the Hobbesian social contract and notion of “a war of all against all”.


Decent Ingredients

In 1956, Helsinki housewife Saara befriends her upstairs neighbor Elisabeth, who throws parties for artists, lives to eat and corresponds with faraway friends. As they get to know each other, Saara learns that Elisabeth is everything Saara is not: fashionable, independent, a citizen of the world. And a spy.

With echoes of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway  and Linn Ullmann’s domestic portrayals, Decent Ingredients is a story about the bourgeoisie of Helsinki during the Cold War; about forbidden love, dangerous secrets and, about food, which reflects life, love, class, sexuality and politics throughout this richly-detailed and atmospheric novel by the award-winning Parkkinen.


Rights sold:

Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
ITALY, Aspasia/Sovera Edizioni


Sex and Mathematics

Berlin-based Finnish mathematician, Erika leads a controlled, ordered life trying to purge herself of superfluous emotions and needs. Yet when the worst imaginable happens to her, her world comes crashing down and she escapes back to her homeland. Meanwhile, in Helsinki, a young man named Tuovi is looking online for love in a desperate attempt to soothe his fears when an oil tanker hits the rocks on the Baltic Sea a devastating impact, as the two lost souls find salvation in each other in unexpected ways.

Sex and Mathematics is a frighteningly intelligent and visceral novel about people in crisis, environmental disasters, about the confusing and erratic life and the beauty and logic of mathematics. And about the agonies and ecstasies of sex.


Carried by Wings

Juhani teaches Finnish and literature in a high school. He has just divorced from his wife Hanna, when a new student enrolls in the school. Marianne is young, beautiful, clever – and 17.

They start talking about books and movies, just like a teacher and his pet might. When Marianne shows him her short stories, they start meeting up outside of school hours. Juhani realizes soon that there is something more serious between them.

The novel is a beautiful and surprising story about falling in love. It is full of intertextuality and of course refers in a clever and self-aware way to Nabokov, too, but takes unexpected turns. It is a psychologically sharp book for book lovers.


Roots

The dental chart maps this story of a man’s journey, tracing his lost father’s footsteps from one country to another continent.

Onni Kirnuvaara left to get groceries when his son was just a child – and never returned. The father was never mentioned again. Years later, during a root canal treatment, the son 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. After many detours they find themselves in the Australian outback. Lousy fathers are fathers too, after all.

On their way to Darwin, secrets are revealed, new family members are found, and lengths of dental floss are needed. Digging to the roots hurts, but under the Southern Cross the ache starts to ease.


Rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Original publisher)
CZECH REPUBLIC, XYZ
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
HUNGARY, Kossuth
ITALY, Iperborea
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
NETHERLANDS, Prometheus
SWEDEN, Brombergs


Love/Monster

Love/Monster is a strong, unique novel about the lust for life, shame, yearning, and trying to belong somewhere. It is a self-portrait of an artist that expands into an exploration of cultural identity, gender roles, and the demand of being “normal”.

In Love/Monster a young woman is finding her own place in the world by constantly changing the scenery. Instead of answers, the only thing she finds is her own shadow, the feeling of worthlessness and the inability to love herself. The narrative voice is often playful and amusing, as the novel tackles big themes with the aid of humor.

Over 12,000 copies sold!

 


Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi


Souls

Souls was nominated for the 2015 Finlandia Prize, the country’s highest literary honor. Praised for its lyrical prose and ability to depict a child’s point of view, Souls tells the story of a small-town Finnish family whose daughter unexpectedly disappears.


Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi