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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Beginning as it does with the death of the 60-something, Finnish American Maija, this first novel is like an elegy, tracing remembrances by family members before ending with Maija's funeral. The thread that binds together both the family-scattered from Copenhagen to Portland-and the novel itself is the relationship between Maija, a wise and independent retired schoolteacher who spent most of her life in Seattle, and her younger sister, Leena, a Milwaukee housewife, as played out through monthly phone calls. Maija's passing affects disparate members of her family-from the baby-boomer nephew whom she helped dodge the draft, to a niece who needed support in ending her marriage-and in her absence she becomes the agent of a new cohesion. There are compelling details here of the family's Scandinavian heritage-from snail-shaped pulla bread to Maija's respect for the ``animalistic beliefs of her ancestors.'' Unfortunately, the novel doesn't contain the depth needed to match its breadth of character and circumstance, and Nunnally's often breezy, straightforward writing style adds to a sense that the story skims too easily from one dramatic moment to the next. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940242685
  • Publisher: Fjord Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 220

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