As Elsa is dying, her husband Martti and daughter Eleonoora try to get used to the idea of losing her, but they are crushed with sorrow. As her mother’s existence becomes more fragile, the anchors of Eleonoora’s childhood memories slip away.

Eleonoora’s own daughter, Anna, easily loses herself in pondering the fates of passers-by. For her, the world is full of stories. She learns by chance the story of Eeva, her mother’s nanny, of whom her grandparents have been silent about for years.

Eeva’s forgotten story opens layer by layer. The young woman’s voice carries us back to the 1960s, a time when the pill had been invented but the pick-up line hadn’t. A tale of a mother and daughter reveals how memory can deceive us, if only because it is the most merciful thing to do.

The author depicts the feelings and traumas of three generations with a subtle touch, uncovering those small movements the human mind makes when dealing with the most important things of all.

True is Pulkkinen’s second novel. It was shortlisted for the Finlandia Fiction Prize of 2010. The film rights of True have been sold to Vertigo Productions (Finland), and its stage adaptation premiered at KOM Theatre (Helsinki) in November 2011.

333 pages / 140 x 202 mm

 Praise for True

 “So this is True: Riikka Pulkkinen’s novel is some of the finest literature I have read in a long time.” – Helsingin Sanomat

“Rich writing with gripping hyperrealism… Riikka Pulkkinen is a thirty-something Finnish Joyce Carol Oates.” – Livres Hebdo, France

“The emotional intelligence of the prose avoids melodrama to develop authentic poignancy.” – Kirkus Reviews, USA

“Pulkkinen’s language is both psychologically precise and beautifully poetic, allowing her to go gratifyingly deep into the characters she depicts at all of their numerous levels.” – Etelä-Saimaa, Finland

Published in

  • Czech (Motto/Albatros Media)
  • Danish (Gyldendal)
  • Dutch / Netherlands (Arbeiderspers)
  • English / Australia (Scribe)
  • English / USA (Other Press)
  • Estonian (Pegasus)
  • French (Albin Michel)
  • German (Ullstein)
  • Hungarian (Gondolat)
  • Italian (Garzanti)
  • Korean (Balgunsesang)
  • Latvian (Mansards)
  • Norwegian (Gyldendal Norsk)
  • Polish (Noir sur Blanc)
  • Spanish (Salamandra)
  • Swedish (Norstedt)

Rights sold

  • Croatian (VBZ)
  • Lithuanian (Gimtasis Žodis)
Riikka Pulkkinen

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Foreign rights:
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