Things that Fall from the Sky

Pages: 240
Subject: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Things that Fall from the Sky

Selja Ahava

WINNER OF THE EU PRIZE FOR LITERATURE


A poignant meditation on love and loss and how twists of fate can take life in the most unexpected directions
Hardback
9781786075413 (4 Apr 2019)
RRP £12.99 / US$24.95

The Book

WINNER OF THE EU PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

A poignant meditation on love and loss and how twists of fate can take life in the most unexpected directions

A young girl loses her mother when a block of ice falls from the sky. A woman wins the lottery jackpot twice in a row. A man is struck by lightning four times. They are all searching for an explanation for these random events, for a way to come to terms with the unexpected turns their lives have taken.

After her mother's death, Saara and her father move in with her Auntie Annu. While Saara dwells on all the things that are left unfinished when someone dies - from gardening and house renovations to bedtime stories - her dad is overwhelmed with anger. Annu keeps the family going, until she wins her second lottery jackpot, and falls into a deep sleep.

Things that Fall from the Sky is a story of everyday life, a meditation on the passing of time, the endurance of love and the inevitability of change. This prize-winning novel by one of Finland's best-loved writers is touching readers' hearts all over the world.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction, Translated Fiction
Pages 240
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Selja Ahava is a novelist and a scriptwriter. Her acclaimed debut novel The Day the Whale Swam through London (2010) was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literary Prize, and won the Laura Hirvisaari Prize (the Bookseller's Literary Prize) in 2010. Her second novel, Things that Fall from the Sky (2015) won the EU Prize for Literature in 2016, and was nominated for the Finlandia Prize and the Tulenkantajat Prize.

Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah are the translators of Aki Ollikainen's White Hunger (Pereine Press, 2015), which was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Their other co-translations include Asko Sahlberg's The Brothers (Peirene Press, 2012).

Reviews

'Selja Ahava tells the story of characters desperately searching for meaning in gentle and poetic prose that nonetheless remains razor-sharp.'

- Münchner Merkur

'Selja Ahava's quiet, suggestive second novel calls to mind a fairy tale... the narrative is both light and poetic, naive and wise- quite wonderful.'

- NeueZürcher Zeitung

Praise for Before My Husband Disappears:

'Selja Ahava's third novel, based on her own experiences, is an overwhelmingly honest, precise and wise story of letting go, of memories, sorrow and of life's unexpected twists.'

- Me Naiset magazine, Finland

Praise for Before My Husband Disappears:

'Before My Husband Disappears is a victory of literary art, exactly the kind of victory that one would like to see more of: masterly, beautiful and heartbreakingly touching.'

- Turun Sanomat, Finland

Things that Fall from the Sky underscores the arbitrariness, absurdity, excess, and fatefulness of life. It is so unsettling that it makes you laugh... Ahava succeeds in depicting the human mind, for which any unexpected change can...force one to reflect on existential questions.'

- Helsingin Sanomat

Praise for Before My Husband Disappears:

'Before My Husband Disappears is a beautiful, important and timely novel.'

- Helsingin Sanomat, Finland