We’re excited to share the news that Laura Lindstedt’s MY FRIEND NATALIA has just been published as a paperback in the US!
Published by prestigious W.W. Norton / Liveright, and translated by award-winning David Hackston, MY FRIEND NATALIA has been listed as The New York Times Editor’s choice, and the review in New York Times is exciting:
“— This is the book’s tease, that Natalia — eccentric, unruly, compelling — will be definitively “solved.” But she’s not a dramatic principal, not a thing able to fire real bullets. This was her psychologist’s figure of speech and as such probably tells us more about the psychologist than the patient. The deeper, indeed more layered, mystery is, it emerges, the novel’s chimerical narrator. — Laura Lindstedt’s sly, intriguing novel.” -Hermione Hoby, New York Times
The rights have eben sold to 13 countries, but are still available in Denmark, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria, Latvia, China, Spain, Iceland, Japan etc.
“This provocative Finnish author enters the fray of American literature (thanks to translation from David Hackston) with a racy, wonderfully weird novel about a therapist’s sessions with a sex-obsessed woman.” ― Entertainment Weekly
“Hypnotic. . . [A] surprisingly suspenseful story touching on psychology, philosophy, and sex.”
― Arianna Rebolini, Buzzfeed
“Throughout the novel, Natalia riffs on Sartre, Beauvoir, and others, baiting the psychologist with sexually charged critiques of patriarchal philosophy.” ― Publishers Weekly
MY FRIEND NATALIA
by Laura Lindstedt
Natalia cannot stop thinking about sex. A mesmerizing tale of one woman’s potent affliction by award-winning Finnish writer Laura Lindstedt. Narrated by an unnamed, ungendered therapist who leaps at the chance to employ their most experimental methods, My Friend Natalia offers a gripping examination of the power dynamics always present but rarely ever spoken about in therapy. “Something flared within me,” the therapist notes, “and it wasn’t merely sympathy, the emotion I feel for most of my clients. It was more like a sudden experience of harmony, wholly inappropriate given the circumstances.”
Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) became a critical darling with her adoption-themed debut novel Scissors (Sakset, Teos 2007), which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary honour. She is currently revising her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015) is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death. Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, earning her the coveted 2015 Finlandia Prize. Lindstedt’s latest novel My Friend Natalia has been a critical success and the rights have been sold to 13 territories.
Teos, 2019, 240pp
FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat AS
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
ITALY: Elliot Edizioni
NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM: De Bezige Bij
ROMANIA: Humanitas Fiction
USA: W.W. Norton / Liveright