For My Life

Hanna Brotherus

Original title: Henkeni edestä

Author: Hanna Brotherus

Published: 2022

Publisher: WSOY

Genre: Literary Fiction

Pages: 287

Reading material:

English sample and synopsis

Finnish PDF

A brave, honest, and touching story about a point of no return

For My Life is a story about the aging of a woman. The novel contemplates the essence of independence and one’s own body, the connections one creates with family and friends, and the transience of life.

A woman’s life as an artist and the mother of four children has kept her in motion incessantly. She’s found meaning in the needs and hopes of others. Once her children leave their childhood home, she needs to find purpose for her days once again. Freedom is difficult to grasp, the future is hard to see.

When the old family summer villa is sold, it’s time to dispose of things. Important memories. The clear fall air sees the woman set out on her own for the villa where no one is waiting for her – no one except inevitable change. She goes through her life and, amidst the silence, she finds a path to follow.

For My Life is a bare, brave, and honest novel. Its tone is easily recognizable as having the same beauty as Hanna Brotherus’ debut novel My Only Home, which gained immense popularity within an exceptionally large readership.

Hanna Brotherus has written a furiously honest narrative about an older woman’s exploration within herself.

– Heidi Lakkala, Kaleva newspaper

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GERMANY: Ullstein

About author

Hanna Brotherus

Dancer, director and choreographer Hanna Brotherus is constantly addressing and probing the prevalent questions of society. Brotherus is a pioneer in community stage art, with an extraordinary ability to unite different groups of people and collaborators.

In her work, Brotherus has managed to unreservedly involve both cutting-edge artistic professionals, recovering addicts, daycare children, the elderly and many more.

With her debut novel ’My Only Home’, Hanna Brotherus has also redeemed her place as writer. Her book has become a major bestseller and presently Hanna is working on a new title.
Hanna’s exceptional experience as a performing dance artist also contributes creatively to her writing by offering a corporeal perspective that touches the readers in a unique way.

”My passion is to join together different people from different backgrounds and age groups. I believe in intuition, in the power of the touch and presence”.


2022, Literary Fiction

Hanna Brotherus

For My Life

2021, Literary Fiction

Hanna Brotherus

My Only Home