Nominated by:

Espoo City Library, Finland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Oneworld Publications, UK

They Know Not What They Do

Jussi Valtonen      

Translated from the Finnish by Kristian London

A love story about what it means to be an outsider from the most imaginative new voice in international fiction. Joe Chayefski has got what he always wanted: a reputation as one of America’s top neuroscientists, a beautiful wife and two perfect daughters. But when his lab is attacked by animal rights activists, Joe is forced to face the past and reconnect with the son he abandoned twenty years earlier. As he struggles to deal with the sudden collision of his two lives – and to save his eldest daughter from the clutches of an unscrupulous tech company – Joe has to reconsider his priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves.

About the author

Jussi Valtonen is an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK. His previous works include two novels and a short story collection. He currently lives in New York.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

This novel received the Finlandia award in 2014, the best novel of that year in Finland.

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