Norma

Norma

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood--and the moods of those around her--moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months--sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files--Norma begins to realize that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining. As Sofi Oksanen leads us ever more deeply into Norma's world, weaving together past and present, she gives us a dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women's bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451493521
0451493524
Branch Call Number: Fiction Oksanen
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Witesman, Owen - Translator

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mizmilvi
Oct 05, 2017

Painfully endured this to the end. So many characters but very few developed to a point where you might give a hoot about them, nor did most of them add much to the plot lines. l kept hoping something would get neatly resolved, but neither clarity over mom's suicide nor destiny of the surrogate business emerged. Not so, at least to my satisfaction.

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