Original title: Lumo
Author: Riikka Pulkkinen
Genre: Literary Fiction
English sample and synopsis
This shiningly beautiful novel is an autopsy of girlhood and power
Philippa Laakso, aged seventeen, is found dead in her yard at home. Nothing suggests a crime, and everyone who knew her is certain she wasn’t suicidal. On the other hand, all who knew her seem to hold a differing view of her. The investigation sees them being interviewed, but behind every view and story is Philippa’s influence. She still has the people around her in a sharp grip: her friend, ex-boyfriend, teacher, neighbors.
Riikka Pulkkinen’s anticipated novel examines the power and comfort of make-believe and the thin line between love and play. Every character in the novel sees Philippa in his or her own way, as a mirror for fantasizing, anger, aspirations, comfort, and freedom, and uses their perceived image of Philippa to their own ends.
Riikka Pulkkinen is a Finnish Joyce Carol Oates.
– Livres Hebdo, France
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)