Green Hall

What follows shattered dreams? A powerful story that leads from the 1960s Kuopio all the way back to 1910s St. Petersburg.

Flower store courier Irene has gone missing during the Christmas holiday high season in 1964. The store owner carries the guilt of harsh words snapped to the young girl, but floral orders await.

Sparks fly between school dropout Irene and Jaakko, a barber’s assistant. Leo has recently been discharged from the army and is in search of love. Irene keeps her family hell a secret from her friends, whereas Jaakko and Leo struggle with the pains of being a man in the new world. 

Each young adult is trying to find their place in the world, but why is it easier to conquer space than love another person?

Green Hall is the 10th book of Kähkönen’s beloved Kuopio series and marks the 30th anniversary of her writing career. This fictional microhistory is set in Kähkönen’s native, the city of Kuopio. The series evolves around the young maid Anna, but soon becomes a vivid panoramic depiction of society, town and country during the historical turmoil of the 1930s, the Winter War and the Continuation War. Kähkönen has the ability to describe small-town life in 1920-1940’s Finland from a grassroots level and interpret the inner thoughts and relationships throughout generations.

 

Previous books in the Kuopio series:

1. Black Brides (Mustat morsiamet, Otava, 1998)

2. The Nights of Iron (Rautayöt, Otava, 2002) 

3. The Spring of Ice and Wind (Jään ja tulen kevät, Otava, 2004)

4. The Wings of Fabric (Lakanasiivet, Otava, 2007)

5. The Maiden’s Shoe (Neidonkenkä, Otava, 2009)  

6. The Sand Cradle (Hietakehto, Otava, 2012)

7. Granite Man (Graniittimies, Otava, 2014)

8. The Summer of Tanks (Tankkien kesä, Otava, 2016) 

9. Wild Thyme (Muistoruoho, Otava, 2019) 

What follows shattered dreams? A powerful story that leads from the 1960s Kuopio all the way back to 1910s St. Petersburg.

Flower store courier Irene has gone missing during the Christmas holiday high season in 1964. The store owner carries the guilt of harsh words snapped to the young girl, but floral orders await.

Sparks fly between school dropout Irene and Jaakko, a barber’s assistant. Leo has recently been discharged from the army and is in search of love. Irene keeps her family hell a secret from her friends, whereas Jaakko and Leo struggle with the pains of being a man in the new world. 

Each young adult is trying to find their place in the world, but why is it easier to conquer space than love another person?

Green Hall is the 10th book of Kähkönen’s beloved Kuopio series and marks the 30th anniversary of her writing career. This fictional microhistory is set in Kähkönen’s native, the city of Kuopio. The series evolves around the young maid Anna, but soon becomes a vivid panoramic depiction of society, town and country during the historical turmoil of the 1930s, the Winter War and the Continuation War. Kähkönen has the ability to describe small-town life in 1920-1940’s Finland from a grassroots level and interpret the inner thoughts and relationships throughout generations.

 

Previous books in the Kuopio series:

1. Black Brides (Mustat morsiamet, Otava, 1998)

2. The Nights of Iron (Rautayöt, Otava, 2002) 

3. The Spring of Ice and Wind (Jään ja tulen kevät, Otava, 2004)

4. The Wings of Fabric (Lakanasiivet, Otava, 2007)

5. The Maiden’s Shoe (Neidonkenkä, Otava, 2009)  

6. The Sand Cradle (Hietakehto, Otava, 2012)

7. Granite Man (Graniittimies, Otava, 2014)

8. The Summer of Tanks (Tankkien kesä, Otava, 2016) 

9. Wild Thyme (Muistoruoho, Otava, 2019) 

info

  • Year of publication

    2021

  • Original title

    Vihreä sali

  • Page count

    313

  • Original publisher

    Otava Publishing Company

  • Original language of publication

    Finnish

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