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Publication date: March 2012
ISBN: 9781590515013
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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.
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Life in a Nut-Shell

Pulkkinen takes some of life's biggest themes and explores them through a family coming to terms with their Matriarch's terminal illness. As Elsa draws closer to death, her daughter and granddaughter seek to retreat to their pasts, to return to the sanctuary of their childhoods where they can revisit Elsa as healthy and vibrant, rather than the vulnerable lady her illness has reduced her to. This novel is a coup for the delicate interplay between family members at these challenging times, and she highlights the shifting mother-daughter dynamic as Elsa and Ella's care-giver roles are switched. There is enough pain for everyone to deal with, so why then does Elsa allow Anna to find a dress that belonged to Eeva, the live-in nanny who looked after Ella as a child? This is a thoughtful, poetic book: gentle to read and philosophical in its worldview.
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