Friday, March 31, 2023

Shelf Control: The American Girl, by Monika Fagerholm


Shelf Control is a feature where bloggers pick an unread book from our shelves and talk  about it a little. It's supposed to be a Wednesday thing but I have French Movie Mercredi on Wednesdays already, so. Shelf Control is hosted at


Since I'm actively weeding galleys right now I thought it would be fun to highlight one that I've decided to keep- The American Girl, by Monika Fagerholm. It came out in 2009 from Other Press. 

It's a murder mystery set in 1970s Finland and later, about a woman who is killed when she comes to Finland from Coney Island, and how her murder resonates with a pair of girls in the future. The book was translated from Finnish and there is a handwritten sticky note on my copy; I don't remember who wrote it but it says "VERY literary, hypnotic and strange. Totally my kind of thing. If it's yours too, highly recommended! (There's a good sequel too!)" Around this time I had pals who worked at Other Press in editorial, marketing and publicity, and anyone there could have written this note to me. 

How and when I got it:

My copy is a galley and it probably came to me in a box from someone at Other Press.

Why I Want to Read It

I love crime fiction; the premise is really intriguing and it's just stuck with me through a bunch of moves and a bunch of years. So I feel like I need to get to it sooner or later!

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