The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo

ironageNew in the shop is Arja Kajermo's critically acclaimed debut novel The Iron Age, illustrated by Susanna Kajermo Törner.The Iron Age is part-coming-of-age novel, and part-fairy-tale told from the perspective of a young girl growing up in the poverty of post-war Finland.On her family’s austere farm, the Girl learns stories and fables of the world around her – of Miina, their sleeping neighbour; how people get depressed if pine trees grow too close to the house; that you should never turn away a witch at the door; and why her father was unlucky not to die in the war.The family crosses from Finland to Sweden, from a familiar language to a strange one, from one unfriendly home to another. The Girl, mute but watchful, weaves a picture of her violent father, resilient mother and strangely resourceful brothers.In this darkly funny debut, with illustrations throughout, folktales and traditional custom clash with economic reality, from rural Finland to urban Stockholm.Born in Finland, raised in Sweden, and based in Ireland since the 1970's, Arja Kajermo is best known as a cartoonist and contributed to many Irish magazines and newspapers, The Iron Age was shortlisted for the Davy Byrnes Award.The book is available in the shop for €10. It is also this month's Tuesday Book Club pick, which will take place on the 6th of June 2017.For more information, or to reserve a copy, simply contact us.