Sakset (2007, “Scissors”)

Scissors is a story of a woman, Maria, who adopts a little girl from China. Great expectations and the desire to love turn to inadequateness before the child’s blank stare. What happens if a child doesn’t respond at all? Or if a mother and a child are afraid of each other?

“Laura Lindstedt’s debut novel Scissors is a complex work which stands up to scrutiny with flying colours. (…) What makes Scissors such an impressive work is precisely the way it succeeds in developing from a description of contemporary adoptive parenthood and motherhood into a discourse on fundamental issues. These issues are put forward so skilfully that the reader is assured of the significance of this kind of literature.”

– Mervi Kantokorpi, Helsingin Sanomat

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