Theatre School graduate Aurelia is the same age as free Europe: she was born on the same day the Berlin Wall fell. Now Aurelia is on the threshold of her breakthrough: a cult director has cast her in the main role in his upcoming production.
Meanwhile Aurelia’s father is in the hospital, mute. Aurelia refuses to answer the repeated phone calls from her mother. What did her father reveal before his seizure? And who is this figure that seems to be walking constantly at Aurelia’s heel, transforming her reality and knowing everything that she doesn’t?
In her turn, Aurelia’s mother unravels the touching love story between her and Aurelia’s father, as well as the tragedy that befell the family over 20 years ago. The tragedy that changed them all.
Riikka Pulkkinen’s new novel is a beautifully strong, haunting tale about family, the essence of love, and the weight of deep loss.
“Riikka Pulkkinen has written yet another unputdownable novel… [It] is both timeless and extremely timely. That’s what makes it one of this autumn’s most important novels.” – Helsingin Sanomat
“Pulkkinen proves to be a master at depicting great emotions. Everyday matters are daringly exalted, spurred by dramatic force. Aurelia’s father calls this tendency aiming for ‘the highest note’ […] Pulkkinen bravely rejects irony, aiming unashamedly for ‘the highest note’. Good for her.” – Kaleva
“The mother’s narrative parts are striking in their minimalism and straightforwardness, while building up a picture of her painful emotions and experiences… There is also room for a doppelgänger theme at the core of the book, which Pulkkinen handles skilfully and abundantly.” – Turun Sanomat
In terms of style, Pulkkinen’s fifth novel is breathtaking, verbose and bombastic. The most affecting thing about it, though, is how the years distance people from one another… [The novel] definitely makes for memorable reading. It’s also a comforting book.” – Helsingin Sanomat
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