We Sinners: A Novel
On sale: July 23
For a review copy (US and Canada only), or to schedule an interview with Hanna Pylväinen, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com.
PRAISE FOR WE SINNERS
“In some ways, the Rovaniemi family is like ordinary American families. But the questions about faith—how it binds the family together but also mutates and divides it—elevate it beyond the confines of the traditional domestic novel and into a resonant and magical work of imagination.”—Chicago Tribune
“A beautiful, understated novel…We Sinners hums with rare respect for religious outsiders.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“[A] nuanced portrait of an unnuanced world.”—The New York Times
“It’s impossible not to like these characters, so beautifully drawn, and so very loving to one another.”—Los Angeles Times
“In a debut collection of dazzling economy, precision, and reach, Hanna Pylväinen explores a familiar yet unfamiliar world—a distinct culture of amazing power—from the points of view of ten different family members with immense sensitivity to her characters, and a surprisingly light, deft touch.”
—Jaimy Gordon, author of National Book Award Winner Lord of Misrule
ABOUT WE SINNERS
“[A] spare, quietly devastating novel” (The Boston Globe), WE SINNERS examines the effect that the Rovaniemi family’s fierce dedication to their conservative church has on its eleven members.
Despite the extent to which each of the Rovaniemis’ lives are built around their church—music, television, makeup, and even school dances are strictly prohibited—their places in the wider world and their paths to get there could not be more different. Through alternating perspectives, Hanna Pylväinen captures each singular Rovaniemi voice deftly, seamlessly, delivering their individual struggles both in and outside of the church. She follows both the siblings who remain in the church into their adulthood and those who leave, and explores the difficulties that each group faces. In WE SINNERS, a dazzling, highly praised debut, Pylväinen shows us the remarkable distances and differences that love and faith can sustain, and those they cannot.
ABOUT HANNA PYLVÄINEN
HANNA PYLVÄINEN is from suburban Detroit and lives in Brooklyn. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a Zell Postgraduate Fellow. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony residency, a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a 2012 Whiting Award.