Tommi Kinnunen

Tommi Kinnunen (b. 1973) was born in Kuusamo, north-east Finland and currently lives in Turku, where he works as a school teacher of Finnish literature.

His debut novel, Where Four Roads Meet has been dominating the charts in Finland ever since and sold over 80,000 units to date.

The novel was awarded the Best Novel of 2014 Prize by the Jury of the Finnish Grand Journalism Prize and ‘Thank You for the Book’ Prize by the Finnish Booksellers’ Association. It was also shortlisted for both the Finlandia Prize for Fiction and the Best Debut of the Year Award.

“It only takes a few pages to get the impression you have something remarkable in your hands; once you reach the end, you are convinced this is the case. It is rare for prose debuts to be this emphatic and confident”, wrote Helsingin Sanomat newspaper about Where Four Roads Meet.

“Where Four Roads Meet is a touching and strong story of tenacious women. The novel is both about being different and of the change of the Finnish society. The altering voices of the narrators of the story make the structure of the novel particularly successful and keep the reader captivated. The writing is beautiful, the description of the protagonists is skillful, and their individual fates are fascinating, the novel is a well-balanced and a refined whole. Where Four Roads Meet is a brilliant and timeless debut novel.” – Statement of the Jury of Thank You for the Book Prize

Kinnunen’s second novel, The Light Behind the Eyes was published in February 2016 to glowing reviews and an immediate entry at the top of the bestseller list in Finland and sales of 10,000 copies within days of publication.

The Glass River, his hotly-anticipated third novel, set in a community of glass factory workers in the aftermath of the war, was published in August 2018 to sales of 15,000 within a week of publication.

 

Bibliography

The Glass River (Pintti, WSOY 2018)
The Light Behind the Eyes
(Lopotti, WSOY 2016)
Where Four Roads Meet (Neljäntienristeys, WSOY 2014)

 

Awards and nominations

2016 Shortlisted for the Finlandia Fiction Award
2016 The Readers’ Finlandia Fiction Award Favourite
2016 Shortlisted for Europese Literatuurprijs (The Netherlands)
2015 Thank You for the Book Prize (Finnish Booksellers’ Association)
2015 Best Book of 2014 Award (The Grand Finnish Journalism Prize)
2015 Young Aleksis Prize
2014 Shortlisted for the Finlandia Fiction Award
2014 Shortlisted for the Best Debut of the Year Prize

 

Works