The light greenery of the early summer is trembling around Erik and Julia as they are shoving their children into the car to drive towards the house by the sea in Österbotten by the Finnish west coast.
From the outside: a mid-life nuclear family that are looking forward to a long summer together. But time can also work in the opposite direction, and expose the cracks in what used to seem firm. Other people show up and complicate things: Julia’s childhood friend Marika and her charismatic husband Chris, who is the leader of The Movement – a group of environmental activists that have given up hope on planet Earth and instead are practicing a primitive lifestyle and mourning the world that is already gone. In the outskirts a lonely woman in a beach house is grieving over a great personal loss.
Around these people, one summer, Philip Teir weaves a finely-tuned story about life choices and lies, about childhood and adulthood. How do we live if we know that the world is about to end?
Finno-Swedish/Schildts & Söderströms
Sweden/Natur & Kultur
UK/Serpent's tail (WE)
“Teir writes with spirit and ease about weddings, dinners, and parties. Makes me think: easy, but not easily forgotten. Loving, but not indulgent. Teir’s novel is the kind of entertainment that speaks both to the heart and the head, with writing that has a lot of finesse."
“Philip Teir has … a fully developed sense for the oh-so-common people and their commonly uncommon experiences; for the small but meaningful minutiae of everyday existence. He brings that sensibility to his writing, as well as a concrete and unmannered style. Also, a visible tenderness for and compassion with his characters, though he is not afraid of making fun of them … The Winter War is entertaining, and provides ample possibilities for identification, while also containing multiple layers and deeper perspectives."
”Teir is an efficient narrator with clear influences from Anglo-Saxon feelgood. I’m just waiting for Hugh Grant to turn up, a bundle of charm. He doesn’t … [The writing] has an ease to it, is packed with light-hearted humor, but the subtext is serious cultural critique … Teir manages to sustain a thriller like nerve – given his subject, the level of suspense is unusually high. The only thing we can be sure of is that sooner or later, the lifestyle projects will crumble. In the novel, as in reality."