Hanna Pylväinen We Sinners: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780805095333

We Sinners: A Novel

3.46 avg rating
( 1,033 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780805095333: We Sinners: A Novel
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

This stunning debut novel―drawn from the author's own life experience―tells the moving story of a family of eleven in the American Midwest, bound together and torn apart by their faith

The Rovaniemis and their nine children belong to a deeply traditional church (no drinking, no dancing, no TV) in modern-day Michigan. A normal family in many ways, the Rovaniemis struggle with sibling rivalry, parental expectations, and forming their own unique identities in such a large family. But when two of the children venture from the faith, the family fragments and a haunting question emerges: Do we believe for ourselves, or for each other? Each chapter is told from the distinctive point of view of a different Rovaniemi, drawing a nuanced, kaleidoscopic portrait of this unconventional family. The children who reject the church learn that freedom comes at the almost unbearable price of their close family ties, and those who stay struggle daily with the challenges of resisting the temptations of modern culture. With precision and potent detail, We Sinners follows each character on their journey of doubt, self-knowledge, acceptance, and, ultimately, survival.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012: At the center of We Sinners is the Rovaniemi family--two parents and nine children, all adherents of a hyper-conservative Finnish church in the Midwest. Each chapter takes the perspective of a different family member, furthering the tension between the belief that faith should bring family together and the fact that it is tearing the Rovaniemis apart. We Sinners is an impressive debut, a showcase of Hanna Pylväinen's gift for nuanced storytelling and an eye for beautiful, economical prose. But perhaps most impressive is that Pylväinen isn't afraid to take big risks with her first novel; the ending--which diverges greatly from the book's structure--drew a mixed reaction with our editorial staff. But love it or hate it, I found that I kept thinking about We Sinners long after I had set it on my bookshelf. -- Kevin Nguyen

About the Author:

Hanna Pylväinen graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a postgraduate Zell Fellow. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony residency and a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is from suburban Detroit.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781250032188: We Sinners: A Novel

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1250032180 ISBN 13:  9781250032188
Publisher: Picador, 2013
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Pylväinen, Hanna
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN 10: 0805095330 ISBN 13: 9780805095333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Gulf Coast Books
(Memphis, TN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0805095330 Ships from Tennessee, usually the same or next day. Seller Inventory # Z0805095330ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Pylväinen, Hanna
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN 10: 0805095330 ISBN 13: 9780805095333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0805095330 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z0805095330ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Hanna Pylväinen
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (2012)
ISBN 10: 0805095330 ISBN 13: 9780805095333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co., 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0805095330

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Pylväinen, Hanna
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (2012)
ISBN 10: 0805095330 ISBN 13: 9780805095333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co., 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0805095330

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Pylväinen, Hanna
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (2012)
ISBN 10: 0805095330 ISBN 13: 9780805095333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co., 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110805095330

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Hanna Pylvainen
Published by Henry Holt (2012)
ISBN 10: 0805095330 ISBN 13: 9780805095333
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Dan Pope Books
(West Hartford, CT, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition... New York: HOLT [2012]. SIGNED first edition. First printing. Hardbound. New, in dust jacket. A pristine unread copy, very fine/very fine in all respects. (Smoke-free environment.) Comes with mylar dust jacket protector. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Shipped in well padded box. Purchased new and opened only for author signature. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 09-2012-53

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds