Secret Passages in a Hillside Town

Secret Passages in a Hillside Town coverSecret Passages in a Hillside Town

by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers
Pushkin Press

Olli is an ordinary, somewhat forgetful middle-aged man contentedly running a small publishing house when he reconnects online with Greta, his first love from childhood, who has since become a bestselling author. Her Guide to the Cinematic Life, a self-help book on how to live your life as if it were a movie, has sparked the imaginations of throngs of readers.

Olli scores a coup by convincing Greta to publish her next book with his firm, and their rekindled relationship brings back lost memories of the wonderful and sometimes terrifying adventures they had as children on their excursions into the secret passages beneath the small town where he lives. Filled with dreams, magic, and unexpected twists, the story of Olli and Greta’s new adventure is dark, romantic, and dangerously cinematic.

Reviews of Secret Passages in a Hillside Town:

“Strange and beguiling, luring its readers in with quirkiness and charm only to beckon them towards more sinister depths… Secret Passages in a Hillside Town derives much of its power from what is, literally and figuratively, going on under the surface.” – Glasgow Herald

“This mysterious, idiosyncratic tale exerts an unexpected pull… surreal, sinister, and more than a little cinematic.” – The Mail on Sunday

“Gloriously strange, witty and disturbing… This is a novel with a foot in several different worlds, real and imaginary… A tremendous, haunting book, full of bitter pain and starry-eyed wonder.” – SFX (5 stars)

“Such a welcome change, a beautifully written, atmospheric love story with a twist… Randomly funny, ultimately quite dark, very very clever, Secret Passages in a Hillside Town is a literary delight.” – Liz Loves Books blog

 

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