Tommi Laine

Critic

Finland

Tommi Laine is a student of English Philology and Comparative Literature at the University of Helsinki, whose MA thesis on ecofeminist Shakespeare was graded summa cum laude. He co-hosts The English Book Club at Finnbrit, and is an Associate Editor of an upcoming book on genetic criticism. He is also the founder of Helsinki Book Review.

Freshwater

Date: 13 Feb 2018 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
“All water is connected. All freshwater comes out of the mouth of a python.” Based on Igbo beliefs and practices rooted in southern Nigeria, Freshwater follows Ada from her childhood to maturity, studying abroad in the US and travelling in Europe. On a purely physical level, Ada’s development is not that different from the trials and tribulations of an average teenager and young adult: first love, alcohol, casual sex, broken hearts. Think o ...

House of Stone

Date: 07 Jun 2018 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
The premise of Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s House of Stone shows a boy called Zamani immersing himself in the family history of Abednego and Agnes, whose son Bukhosi has gone missing. To help the family in distress, our narrator Zamani, who is a somewhat mysterious figure, stays at their house and wants to learn more about the family’s history. In a series of flashbacks, told in turns by the surrogate father and the surrogate mother to Zamani, House ...