Norma (Paperback)
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Norma (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 05/04/2018
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The hair-raising mash-up of feminist X-Men, gothic fairy tale, family saga and biting social criticism that is taking Europe by storm.

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: 9781782399780
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 311 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Amazing - Le Figaro

A Toni Morrison from the far North. - Le Monde

Sofi Oksanen is one of the brightest shining stars in Nordic literature. I want to devour Norma whole. - Norrköpings Tidningar (Sweden)

Addictive, lucid, breathtakingly suspenseful, and on top of this it is stunningly observant, eerily well-researched, critical, with feminist overtones and very, very relatable - Affärsmagasinet 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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“Snip, Snip, Snip”

I'm not really sure if I enjoyed this book or not to be perfectly honest. It is a strange amalgam of crime thriller and supernatural and I am not sure it really works as well as it could. There is... More

Hardback edition
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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
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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
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