My Only Home

Hanna Brotherus

Original title: Ainoa kotini

Author: Hanna Brotherus

Published: 2021

Publisher: WSOY

Genre: Literary Fiction

Pages: 329

Reading material:

Finnish PDF, English sample and synopsis

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.

‘My Only Home’ is a book of crises. It is a confessional novel, and an exceptionally well-written one. [---] Brotherus’ text is as light as that of someone who is jotting down their thoughts in a journal. In fact, ‘My Only Home’ is a journal, the journal of Life. It does not embellish. It laughs, grieves, and eventually nurtures its writer.

Anne Välinoro, Kulttuuritoimitus magazine

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Rights sold:
GERMANY: Ullstein
ISRAEL: Hakibbutz Hameuchad – Sifriat Poalim Publishing House


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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”.


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