The Ghosts of Other Immigrants
The characters in these stories of migration are marked by heritage and the pasts that follow them wherever they go. A young woman in 1970s Washington, D.C., is changed forever after her love interest is kidnapped; a woman's personal crisis melds with the climate crisis on the darkened shores of Southwest Finland; a Karelian refugee attempts to control her legacy as she nears death; a threesome of young queer immigrants in New York discover their mutual friendship costs more than it gives. Each of these characters tries to find a way to accept-or erase-the ghosts and hollow spaces that follow their displacements.
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"Funny, bittersweet, and filled with many kinds of longing, these stories show that though we are often defined by relationships to both people and places, we are also capable of defining ourselves on our own terms and that home follows us like a ghost wherever we go. A subtle and compelling collection with superb prose."- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"The Ghosts of Other Immigrants is a thoughtful and compelling collection. The writing is lyrical and propulsive, each sentence a jewel. I found myself returning to these stories again and again, fascinated by the queerness of the text and the deeply messy humanity of these characters. Without a doubt, I'll be thinking about this book for years to come."- KRISTEN ARNETT, New York Times Bestselling author of With Teeth and Mostly Dead Things
"The characters in these stories are the uprooted whose lives are defined by loss, betweenness, and unavoidable severance, and Maija Mäkinen writes about their lives with tremendous care. These pages vibrate with deep resonance."- HA JIN, National Book Award-Winning Author of A Song Everlasting and Waiting
"The Ghosts of Other Immigrants is an exquisite collection that depicts the cosmic longing and disorientation of immigrants with stunning originality. History echoes in Maija Mäkinen's stories, singing of both beauty and wreckage. Both darkly funny and devastating, [these] stories reveal a fiercely insightful writer with a fully formed vision."
- TSERING YANGZOM LAMA, author of We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies
"The Ghosts of Other Immigrants describes the immigrant experience with humor, depth, and longing. Whether you're an immigrant from Finland or have never left your hometown, you will love and identify with the honest, complicated, and vulnerable women you will meet in this book."
- MARIA KUZNETSOVA, author of Oksana, Behave! and Something Unbelievable