Norma by Sofi Oksanen

Norma

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

Extract

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.

Parallels
  • Perfume by Patrick Susskind
  • The Leper's Companions by Julia Blackburn
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
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Violence
Explicit sexual content