Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto

Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto

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After Julia Dey arrives at 1920s Finland's Suvanto convalescent hospital, American nurse Sunny Taylor must not only contend with this difficult new patient, but also an American obstetrician, who throws the ward into chaos by threatening to shake up their routine. A first novel.

McMillan Palgrave

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.


Baker
& Taylor

After Julia Dey arrives at Suvanto convalescent hospital, nurse Sunny Taylor must not only contend with this difficult new patient, but also an obstetrician, who throws the ward into chaos by threatening to shake up their routine.

Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Graywolf Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781555975531
1555975534
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 24 cm

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Jun 20, 2013

I loved this book. It was just eerie and atmospheric enough to keep me hooked, and I thought the characters were interesting throughout. Waiting for more from Maile Chapman!

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