ISBN 9780224090421,Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto

Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto

Author:

Maile Chapman

Publisher:

Random House

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ISBN 9780224090421
Publisher

Random House

Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780224090421

ISBN-10 0224090429
Binding

Paper Back

Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

General & literary fiction

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 centre of the ward's tangled emotional life.

As summer turns to autumn, and autumn to a long, dark winter, the patients hear rumours 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.
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