Escape from Sunset Grove

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)

GREECE: Enalios

LATVIA: Petergailis

SLOVAKIA: Albatros Media Slovakia s.r.o.

SPAIN: Santillana

SWEDEN: Norstedts

WORLD ENGLISH: Pan Macmillan

Original title: Ehtoolehdon pakolaiset

Author: Minna Lindgren

Published: 2014

Publisher: Teos

Genres: Literary Fiction, Humor

Pages: 256

Part of a series: Sunset Grove trilogy

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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.


Minna Lindgren

Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).

Lindgren is best known for the Sunset Grove Trilogy, which has been sold to 11 territories, and the final part The End of Sunset Grow was nominated for the International Dublin Literature Award in 2019. She has also written three standalones: Angry Widow (2018), A Far Far Love (2019) and Hope Never Dies (2020).

Minna Lindgren’s books have been critical and commercial successes, in Finland and internationally.


Minna Lindgren

Hope Never Dies

2020, Literary Fiction, Humor

Minna Lindgren

A Far, Far Love

2019, Literary Fiction, Humor

Minna Lindgren

Angry Widow

2018, Literary Fiction, Humor

Minna Lindgren

The End of Sunset Grove

2015, Literary Fiction, Humor

Minna Lindgren

Escape from Sunset Grove

2014, Literary Fiction, Humor

Minna Lindgren

Death in Sunset Grove

2013, Literary Fiction, Humor

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