Original title: Tästä kaikki alkaa
Author: Salla Simukka
Publisher: FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
Genre: Literary Fiction
English sample & synopsis
The first adult novel by Finland’s #1 internationally bestselling and award-winning YA author!
Autopsy of a relationship - literary suspense at its best!
Award-winning illustrator Nova moves with her partner, Isla, into a dream house in the middle of a forest. However, the calm and quiet of the light in a faraway region is not enough to fix the cracks in the relationship.
After the breakup, Nova isolates herself in her office to illustrate old Finnish horror stories, which unexpectedly reveal a link to the new home. Isla, in turn, does not seem willing to accept the situation but carries on in the shared home as if nothing has happened. When reality seems to distort, the confused Nova comes face-to-face with the sorrows of the past. In what does one dare trust?
A gradually darkening story about love - where it begins, what it survives, and how it ends.
Simukka narrates the story effortlessy, tightening the atmosphere with small gestures but still certainly. The story, which began as a description of a dying relationship ends as something completely different. WHERE IT ALL BEGINS is again one indication of Simukka's masterful skills.
-Kirjojen keskellä blog
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)