FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: XYZ
ESTONIA: Eesti raamat
GERMANY: Nagel & Kimche
LITHUANIA: Alma Littera
Original title: juurihoito
Author: Miika Nousiainen
English sample and synopsis
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.