|At the Edge of Light
- Maria Peura
Kari took out his knife and pressed its blunt
edge against my neck.
‘Don't be afraid of me,’ he whispered.
I swallowed my fear and listened to the
thinning hiss as Kari drew the knife along
my skin. He cured me the way the ancient
Lapps have done for centuries. He didn't
tear the skin.
This striking novel tells the story of a girl
growing up in a small town in the north of
Lapland. With vivid description, insight and
humour, the author describes the onset of
puberty, Ristiina’s first kiss and her relationship
with Kari who lives on the ‘wrong side of the
tracks’. This is a universal tale of a girl’s coming
of age, set against the life of an extraordinary
and remote community from which she longs
About the Author
MARIA PEURA’s first
novel Boundless is Thy
was the focus of
an exceptional amount
of attention in her
native country. It was
shortlisted for the
Prize in 2001.
Publication date for At the Edge of Light
: 16th August 2007
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