Dog Park: A novel (Hardcover)
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INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER • A captivating story of intrigue, betrayal, and murder in the global fertility market--from acclaimed writer Sofi Oksanen, "an international publishing sensation frequently likened to Stieg Larsson" (The Guardian).
Helsinki, 2016. Olenka sits on a bench, watching a family play in a dog park. A stranger sits down beside her. Olenka startles; she would recognize this other woman anywhere. After all, Olenka was the one who ruined her life. And this woman may be about to do the same to Olenka. Yet, for a fragile moment, here they are, together—looking at their own children being raised by other people.
Moving seamlessly between modern-day Finland and Ukraine in the early days of its post-Soviet independence, Dog Park is a keenly observed, dark, and propulsive novel set at the intersection of East and West, centered on a web of exploitation and the commodification of the female body.
Sofi Oksanen brings fearless psychological acuity to this captivating story about a woman unable to escape the memory of her lost child, the ruthless powers that still hunt her, and the lies that could well end up saving her.
About the Author
SOFI OKSANEN is a Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright. She has received numerous prizes for her work, including the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize, the Prix Femina Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize, the European Book Prize, and the Nordic Council Literature Prize. She lives in Helsinki. Translated from the Finnish by Owen Witesman.
“Oksanen likes to haunt readers with real-life horror stories that bear the gleam of archetype—cautionary tales told with the wolf in the room . . . Enigmatic and unprovable . . . Oksanen’s tactic of deliberate opacity is popular in prestige television suspense series like “Killing Eve,” and “The Flight Attendant,” whose fans, enthralled by pervasive dread and beguiled by jumps between alien settings, don’t mind when motives, identities and places are hard to pin down. The confusion is intrinsic to the allure . . . Dog Park will tantalize.”
—Wall Street Journal
“The Soviet Union’s collapse looms large over Oksanen’s intricate plot, which rivets . . . Fans of slow-burning suspense will find much to enjoy."