On October 10, join us for a virtual book talk with acclaimed Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen on her new novel “Dog Park.” With moderator Bethanne Patrick, she’ll discuss the writing of the novel, an international bestseller out in translation by Owen Frederick Witesman from Knopf on September 21.
A captivating story of intrigue, betrayal, and murder in the global fertility market from Oksanen, “an international publishing sensation frequently likened to Stieg Larsson” (The Guardian), “Dog Park” begins in Helsinki, 2016. Olenka sits on a bench, watching a family play in a dog park, as 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.
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This event has been organized in collaboration with Politics & Prose in Washington D.C