Norma (Hardback)
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Norma (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 02/11/2017
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From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge and When the Doves Disappeared, comes a deliciously dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women's bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty.

When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood--and the moods of those around her--moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months--sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files--Norma begins to realise that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782399766
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 215 x 145 x 26 mm
Edition: Open Market Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Alright, hold on tight, because this is the best novel you will read this fall * Femina (Denmark) *
Sofi Oksanen is one of the brightest shining stars in Nordic literature. I want to devour Norma whole. * Norrkoepings Tidningar (Sweden) *
Norma is addictive, lucid, breathtakingly suspenseful, and on top of this it is stunningly observant, eerily well-researched, critical, with feminist overtones and very, very relatable * Affarsmagasinet Forum (Finland) *
A phenomenon * The Times on PURGE *
Powerful, passionately wrought, emotionally shattering, extraordinary * Independent on PURGE *
Purge stands out. Murder, sexual violence and political history combine to place Oksanen in the front rank of crime novelists. * Sunday Times on PURGE *
Finland's hottest crime writer will soon be as well-known as Stieg Larsson * The Times on PURGE *
Essential reading: Purge is not a book to read last thing at night. * Economist on PURGE *

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“Some characters aren't well developed”

Bestselling Finish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen's latest novel draws on strong feminist themes throughout, but leaves some characters underdeveloped.

Norma, published in Finnish in 2015 but now coming... More

Hardback edition
12th March 2018
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“Easy to read yet surreal story”

Norma has magical hair. It grows metres each day, can detect illness and can read the moods of people around her. But she is no Rapunzel. Her hair is her secret, a burden to bear with just her mother. But now her... More

Hardback edition
15th December 2017
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“Bad Hair Day”

My knowledge of Finnish writers, prior to reading this book, extended no further than Tove Jansson who I believe wrote in Swedish anyway! So this was very much a first for me. However a cursory google of contemporary... More

Hardback edition
30th October 2017
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