An unremarkable fishing trip with nothing at stake! Gorgeous nature writing about real animals! Healthy relationships with high school boyfriends!
Well, no, but the nature writing really is one of the best parts of this book. Karila writes a wildness to summer in Lapland that is exquisitely beautiful, with weird locals that are as much a part of the sweltering landscape as the mythical creatures that are normalized amidst them. Also, I am a huge fan of books that are *simultaneously* a murder mystery, and this one does not disappoint!— From Jess
In the utterly original, genre-defying, English-language debut of Finnish author Juhani Karila, a young woman's annual pilgrimage to her home in Lapland to catch an elusive pike in three days is complicated by a host of mythical creatures, a murder detective hot on her trail, and a deadly curse hanging over her head.
When Elina makes her annual summer pilgrimage to her remote family farm in Lapland, she has three days to catch the pike in a local pond or she and the love of her life will both die. This year her task is made more difficult by the intervention of a host of deadly supernatural creatures and a murder detective on her tail.
Can Elina catch the pike and put to rest the curse that has been hanging over her head since a youthful love affair turned sour? Can Sergeant Janatuinen make it back to civilization in one piece? And just why is Lapland in summer so weird?
Fishing for the Little Pike is an audacious, genre-defying blend of fantasy, folk tale, and nature writing.