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Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto

Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto

(2010)
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"Maile Chapman is one of my favorite writers and in Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto has given us an errie gift of a novel. It is a superb hallucinatory piercing, an ominous dispatch from that Gothic frontier of the Female Body."
Junot Díaz


"Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto is a lucid dream of a book, it is extremely clear and unnerving and full of gorgeously written surprises and frightening marvels."
Audrey Niffenegger


A brilliant and unnerving debut novel about the mysteriously ill patients at a remote hospital in Finland

In a remote, piney wood in Finland stands a convalescent hospital called Suvanto, a curving concrete example of austere Scandinavian design. It is the 1920s, and the patients, all women, seek relief from ailments real and imagined. On the lower floors are the stoic Finnish women; on the upper floors are foreign women of privilege - the 'up-patients.' They are tended to by head nurse Sunny Taylor, an American who has fled an ill-starred life only to retreat behind a mask of crisp professionalism. On a late-summer day a new patient arrives on Sunny's ward - a faded, irascible former ballroom-dance instructor named Julia Dey. Sunny takes it upon herself to pierce the mystery of Julia's reserve. Soon, Julia's difficulty, her tightly coiled anger, places her at the center of the ward's tangled emotional life. This fraught dynamic animates Maile Chapman's ambitious first novel. As summer turns to fall, and fall to a long, dark winter, the patients hear rumors about changes being implemented at Suvanto by an American obstetrician, Dr. Peter Weber, who is experimenting with a new surgical stitch. Their familiar routine threatened, the women are not happy (they were not happy before), and the story's escalating menace builds to a terrifying conclusion.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Chapman
ISBN: 1-55597-553-4 / 978-1-55597-553-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto
Author(s): Maile Chapman
ISBN: 0-09-954867-4 / 978-0-09-954867-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Chapman
ISBN: 1-55597-587-9 / 978-1-55597-587-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto
Author(s): Maile Chapman
ISBN: 0-224-09042-9 / 978-0-224-09042-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto: A Novel
Author(s): Maile Chapman
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto
Author(s): Maile Chapman
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   



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