The Ghosts of Other Immigrants

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New American Press
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.39 inches | 0.44 pounds

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About the Author
Maija Mäkinen is a Finnish-born writer and translator whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Porter House Review, The Bare Life Review, SAND, and in the anthology Short, Vigorous Roots - A Contemporary Flash Fiction Collection of MigrantVoices. She has been awarded the University of Cambridge Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the Nadia Christensen Prize in Translation, and residency fellowships to Art Omi, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Studios of Key West and Kone Foundation's Saari Residency in Finland. She is a graduate of the Boston University Creative Writing Program. After seven transatlantic moves between Finland and the U.S., she lives in Brooklyn and writes mainly in English.

"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."

"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