The Most Beautiful Word

Emmi Pesonen

Original title: Maailman kaunein sana

Author: Emmi Pesonen

Published: 2020

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Commercial/Upmarket

Pages: 287

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Warm, humorous and beautiful debut novel from the point of view of a stepmother. Patchwork family life, and new beginnings.

Amanda’s life is revolutionized when Onni curves into her life with a yellow minibus, chaos and four children riding along. She has been living an extended youth and cared mainly for her house plants until she met Onni and his kids. Happiness, the laundry pile and the dish mountains grow in their new home. Everything is always lost and the house is permanently messy, but Amanda firmly believes that love conquers all obstacles. But when Onni’s behavior starts to get weirder, she has to decide if love truly fixes everything.

Funny novel that you want to read in one sitting! The family life is described accurately: on the bed lies a child with her hair in a messy braid, upper body bare, wearing just floral leggings and a short polka dot skirt. When the nine- and fourteen-year-old brothers fight (which happens often)- the weak ones should look away. And gaining the trust of a teenage girl takes a long time. The book gives a lot of support for parents. Even if patchwork family patterns aren't familiar, the family life itself is is recognizable: fun and horrible at the same time.

- Maaseudun Tulevaisuus newspaper, Finland

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat


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About author

Emmi Pesonen

Emmi Pesonen (1977) is a Helsinki-based writer, screenwriter and actress. She graduated in 2001 as a Master of Theater Arts and has worked as an actor in several in theaters, movies, and TV series. Pesonen is bilingual (Finnish-Swedish) and she has translated and dramatized Swedish-language plays. She is also the screenwriter of a movie The Violin Player (Violinist, Mjölk Movies), which premiered in Finland in 2018, and has toured successfully at more than 20 film festivals around the world (including Gothenburg, Moscow, Singapore, Kaliningrad). The film deals with power structures in the art world, passion and giving up.  The Most Beautiful Word (Otava, August 2020) is Pesonen’s debut novel. The book tells a story of a patchwork family from the point of view of the new step-mother. It’s a story of endless love, irreversible decision and learning new things. The movie rights have been optioned by Aurora Studios and a film is currently being developed.


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