Original title: Ehtoolehdon pakolaiset
Author: Minna Lindgren
Genres: Literary Fiction, Humor
Part of a series: Sunset Grove trilogy
Sunset Grove retirement home turns into a kind of hell when it is taken over by foreign construction workers cursing fluently in Finnish. The noise is deafening, a hole appears in the wall, things disappear and residents have to use a portable toilet.
Residents Siiri, Irma and Anna-Liisa, all older than 90, decide to move into a shared apartment in the exotic neighbourhood of Hakaniemi. All three have their own habits and quirks, and life together isn’t entirely free of friction. The women also learn about the sad differences in quality with at-home assistance, and are forced to become familiar with terminal care and questions surrounding euthanasia.
Our heroes also can’t help looking into the suspicious plumbing project at Sunset Grove. As the mystery unfolds, they begin to find out that few people in this world have a fully clean record.
The second part in the delightful, aggravating and refreshingly told Twilight Grove Trilogy opens as follows: ‘Siiri Kettunen woke up to terrible noise and thought she was in hell.’ This immediately sparks a smile – as does the rest of the book, although sometimes one can only shake his or her head at the way in which these senior citizens are treated.
- The literature blog Rakkaudesta kirjoihin (“For The Love of Books”), Finland
FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
SLOVAKIA: Albatros Media Slovakia s.r.o.
WORLD ENGLISH: Pan Macmillan