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Norma

by Sofi Oksanen

As Norma looks into the apparent suicide of her mother she begins to realise that she cannot trust anyone close to her - for Norma has gifts that she must keep hidden. This is not an easy read as it mixes magical realism with Nordic noir and is told from several viewpoints - but I found it thought provoking and well worth the effort

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She had lost her first job during one such hot spell. She'd been an assistant in a clothing store in a mall in east Helsinki and realized that one customer who was trying on dresses would die within six months.
Translated by Owen F. Witesman

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