Anja Snellman
Publication date
September 2018
Format info
354 pages

The Village of Dreams

Kaikkien toiveiden kylä

Household name Anja Snellman returns with an atmospheric novel about unexpected friendship and the enduring strength of women.

Agave lives in solitude, in a remote village highly up in the mountains of Crete. With her donkey, hens, cats and dogs, the ninety-three-year-old woman keeps to herself, until the day she happens upon an injured foreign woman on one of the goat trails on the hillside. Inviting Monika into her home to recuperate, Agave and the young woman’s friendship grows over the summer, revealing their own dissecting stories and tales of Europe, the decades of excess, of luxury and ruin and acts of love and cruelty.

Bestselling author Anja Snellman (b. 1954) returns with an assured and evocative novel of women’s fiction, reminiscent of Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone and a must-read for those who loved The Island by Victoria Hislop.

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Reading materials

English sample ca. 40 pp.
Letter from the Author
Finnish edition