Altogether a different kind of work from Riikka Pulkkinen’s previous novels, this light but wise novel received very positive reactions from the press and readers alike.
Books published in 2014
This absurd story smells of fresh pastries and spilled lager
Khadija’s life is bound to Somali traditions with strong ties, but through her bravery she is able to influence her own fortune
A touching story of a disabled girl’s life takes an unexpected turn
“I have always hated myself. Sometimes less, mostly more, but always. I even tried to strangle myself with the umbilical cord.”
Books published in 2013
”Honey. Now. You. Must help. Me.”
An irresistible story-teller’s entertaining novel about the choices we make – and their consequences
”The belfry bell strikes twelve. By itself, the belfry is beautiful. If you close one eye and see nothing but the belfry, it looks quite lovely. But the belfry and the church don’t go together. The belfry was built much later; the two buildings, as they say, ‘clash.’ They represent different styles. Together they make a monstrous couple.”
A dive into the collapse of a beautiful, reflective mind, into grief and alienation
The EU is expanding, but that doesn’t sit well with everyone…
The keen-eyed author’s insightful tales from a train trip towards the Islamic world
”Some of us are broken by staying, others by going, and then there’s me:
I don’t know which one I am.”
A wise and beautiful debut about an inherited sense of orphanhood
End-of-the-world themes in 1960s Oulu
Inga, Elly and Beata. Three women, three generations, many farewells.
And redemptive forgiveness.
A captivating novel of intimacy and privacy – our endless longing for them, and the infinite threat they pose.
“The novel attacks you like a fearful beast, whose roar includes a cleansing effect following a process similar to running the gauntlet.” – Keskisuomalainen
Books published in 2012
”One can set foot in a new land. The land will receive her. Yet she remains a stranger as she is a stranger unto herself, as long as she carries within her that voiceless unknown that bears no name.”
A gripping tale of the alienation that we carry within, from the internationally acclaimed breakthrough author.
A devastating novel about the effects of everyday extremism.
A beautiful and severe story of love and art
At its worst, family life is like warfare.
And sometimes the arrival of new combatants just makes things worse.
Technology keeps advancing and television screens continue growing sharper, but human relationships just keep on getting blurrier.
An encompassing and intimate intergenerational story whose events speak of the shift in Western reality from the late 1950s to the present day – and how that shift has changed us.