Dog Park

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Pub Date 4 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 8 Nov 2021

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From a major internationally acclaimed writer - author of Purge - comes a ferociously plotted novel of intrigue, betrayal, and murder in the global fertility market.

Helsinki, 2016. Olenka sits on a bench, watching a family play in a dog park. A stranger sits down beside her. Olenka startles; she would recognize this other woman anywhere. After all, Olenka was the one who ruined her life. And this woman may be about to do the same to Olenka. Yet, for a fragile moment, here they are, together - looking at their own children being raised by other people.

Moving seamlessly between modern-day Finland and Ukraine in the early days of its post-Soviet independence, Dog Park is a keenly observed, dark and propulsive novel set at the intersection of East and West, centered in a web of exploitation and the commodification of the female body. Oksanen brings fearless psychological acuity to this captivating story about a woman unable to escape the memory of her lost child, the ruthless powers that still hunt her, and the lies that could well end up saving her.

From a major internationally acclaimed writer - author of Purge - comes a ferociously plotted novel of intrigue, betrayal, and murder in the global fertility market.

Helsinki, 2016. Olenka sits on a...


Advance Praise

'Sharp, sociocritical... Passionate drama, murder and revenge make this a thriller-like novel with a high level of suspense.' - Bergens Tidende, Norway

'Stunning and furious' - Mesta, Finland

'Sharp, sociocritical... Passionate drama, murder and revenge make this a thriller-like novel with a high level of suspense.' - Bergens Tidende, Norway

'Stunning and furious' - Mesta, Finland


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Dog Park is a dark and tightly plotted affair, and borrows much from the thriller and the noir, with its backdrop of criminal goings-on, gruesome murders, and corruption at the highest levels. The novel shows much that is unsavoury about the fertility market, which it presents as exploitative both of its clients and the female donors. This, however, is presented as part of a wider and more shadowy web of politics, big business and criminality.

Much of the novel’s impact is achieved through Olenka’s first-person narration. The protagonist comes across as an interesting, three-dimensional character. She is both villain and victim - definitely unlikable, manipulative and unrepentantly Machiavellian in some of her behaviour, but also strangely beguiling. I found myself rooting for her despite her glaring faults.

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