True by Riikka Pulkkinen

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...nourishing, but not stunning enough to blow me away.
-Iris on Books

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Elsa is dying. Her husband, Martti, and daughter Eleonoora are struggling to accept the crushing thought that they are soon to lose her. As Elsa becomes ever more fragile, Eleonoora’s childhood memories are slipping away. Meanwhile, Eleonoora’s daughter Anna spends her time pondering the fates of passersby. For her the world is full of stories. But the story that will change her forever is the one about Eeva, her mother’s nanny, whom her grandparents have been silent about for years. Eeva’s forgotten story, which Anna first learns of when she discovers an old dress of Eeva’s, is finally revealed layer by layer. The tale that unfolds is about a mother and daughter, about how memory can deceive us—and sometimes that is the most merciful thing that can happen.
 

About Riikka Pulkkinen

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Riikka Pulkkinen studied literature and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. Her debut novel, The Border, sparked international interest when it was published in 2006. Her second novel, True, will mark her English debut. Riikka Pulkkinen received the Kaarle Prize in February 2007 and the Laila Hirvisaari Prize in May 2007. Lola M. Rogers is a freelance translator of Finnish literature living in Seattle. Her published translations include selected poems of Eeva Liisa Manner in the anthology Female Voices of the North, published by Praesens of Vienna; the graphic novel The Sands of Sarasvati, based on Risto Isomäki's novel of the same name, translated with Owen Witesman for Tammi of Helsinki; and Purge, by Sofi Oksanen, for Grove/Atlantic.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Other Press. 369 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for True
All: 8 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 05 2012

The emotional intelligence of the prose avoids melodrama to develop authentic poignancy.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Jan Stuart on Apr 20 2012

Pulkkinen... trips the pretension alarms from the outset of this lugubrious multigenerational drama

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 09 2012

An eloquent family saga that falls short of revelation.

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ForeWord Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Joseph Thompson on Feb 29 2012

Readers will find themselves captivated by something sublime existing somewhere between apologia and apology.

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Iris on Books

Below average
Reviewed by Iris on Apr 02 2012

...nourishing, but not stunning enough to blow me away.

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Seeing the World Through Books

Below average
Reviewed by Mary Whipple on Mar 28 2012

Even though this is a novel and not reality, of course, it is presented as “true,” and I could not get past the feeling that in real life the sharing of this story would have been regarded as a violation of privacy

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Shelf Love

Below average
Reviewed by Teresa on Mar 17 2012

Although the affair doesn’t seem to define this family in the present, it did get a lot of dramatic space within the book, and it made me feel at times like the book didn’t quite know what it was.

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The Indextrious Reader Blog

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Reviewed by Melwyk on Apr 08 2012

I did find this a good read, though it took me a little while to get into it.

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