Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto

Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto

A brilliant and unnerving debut novel about the mysteriously ill patients at a remote hospital in Finland In a remote, piney wood in Finland stands a convalescent hospital called Suvanto, a curving concrete example of austere Scandinavian design. It is the 1920s, and the patients, all women, seek relief from ailments real and imagined. On the lower floors are the stoic Fin A brilliant and unnerving debut novel about the mysteriously ill patients at a remote hospital in Finland In a re...

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Title:Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto
Author:Maile Chapman
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Number of Pages:263 pages pages

Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto Reviews

  • Anne
    Feb 12, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

    3 and 3/4 stars. Let's see how this sits with me now that I've finished it. I need to mull it over a bit. For now I take away images of ginger cookies and snow, clean sheets and saunas, ice and gravestones. Everything's got a mist over it; it's a blurry story. I liked spending ti...

    I wanted this book to be more engrossing, more of a real potboiler, than it was. It was very good, and maybe it's just the subject matter that is always going to keep the reader at a distance, just like Sunny Taylor watches her patients from a distance instead of engaging with them on ...

  • Anne Sanow
    Nov 18, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

  • Nina
    Dec 05, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

  • Lori
    May 20, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

  • Teresa
    Oct 22, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

  • Robert Beveridge
    Apr 15, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

  • Tara
    Oct 02, 2009

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

  • Marita
    Jun 22, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

    3 and 3/4 stars. Let's see how this sits with me now that I've finished it. I need to mull it over a bit. For now I take away images of ginger cookies and snow, clean sheets and saunas, ice and gravestones. Everything's got a mist over it; it's a blurry story. I liked spending ti...

    I wanted this book to be more engrossing, more of a real potboiler, than it was. It was very good, and maybe it's just the subject matter that is always going to keep the reader at a distance, just like Sunny Taylor watches her patients from a distance instead of engaging with them on ...

    I have a history with this book. The title caught my eye when I was trialling through long lists of data at work. It sounded interesting so I bought it, started reading it then accidentally left it in a pub toilet. I wonder if anyone found it and read it... By this time I knew I would ...

    *** 1/2 I approached this book with much anticipation, and for much of it, was gratified. The mood and setting are remarkably delineated. Set in a remote "hospital" for women in a bleak 1920's Finland, Chapman fills the pages with sensuous detail clearly bringing to life the humid, hot...

    I really wanted to love this book, but I have to say it really fell short of my expectations. It had all of the ingredients of what I am attracted to: the language, setting, potentially complex characters... All of the medical information as well as Julia's backstory seemed to be goin...

    Didn't really find an affinity with any of the characters, and found it difficult to get on the same page as the author. Felt like I was lost at sea without any bearings, as it was not clearly defined on a time scale. However I think this was a device used by the author, but it was uns...

    Haunting, eerie, Gothic, female nurse book. I am giving it 4* mostly because there are so few books in English set in my home country. This one did a good job describing how the climate, culture and isolation influences the psyche. Very good book about how it feels like to be foreign i...

  • Daisy
    Apr 07, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

    3 and 3/4 stars. Let's see how this sits with me now that I've finished it. I need to mull it over a bit. For now I take away images of ginger cookies and snow, clean sheets and saunas, ice and gravestones. Everything's got a mist over it; it's a blurry story. I liked spending ti...

  • J
    Jan 12, 2015

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

  • Austen to Zafón
    Nov 19, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

  • Neil McCrea
    Sep 21, 2012

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Jul 05, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

    3 and 3/4 stars. Let's see how this sits with me now that I've finished it. I need to mull it over a bit. For now I take away images of ginger cookies and snow, clean sheets and saunas, ice and gravestones. Everything's got a mist over it; it's a blurry story. I liked spending ti...

    I wanted this book to be more engrossing, more of a real potboiler, than it was. It was very good, and maybe it's just the subject matter that is always going to keep the reader at a distance, just like Sunny Taylor watches her patients from a distance instead of engaging with them on ...

    I have a history with this book. The title caught my eye when I was trialling through long lists of data at work. It sounded interesting so I bought it, started reading it then accidentally left it in a pub toilet. I wonder if anyone found it and read it... By this time I knew I would ...

    *** 1/2 I approached this book with much anticipation, and for much of it, was gratified. The mood and setting are remarkably delineated. Set in a remote "hospital" for women in a bleak 1920's Finland, Chapman fills the pages with sensuous detail clearly bringing to life the humid, hot...

  • Linda B
    Feb 12, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

  • Jennifer
    Sep 20, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

  • Jenni
    May 10, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

  • Amy
    Apr 10, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

  • Sara Habein
    Nov 03, 2010

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

  • Linda Michel-Cassidy
    Jan 19, 2011

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

    3 and 3/4 stars. Let's see how this sits with me now that I've finished it. I need to mull it over a bit. For now I take away images of ginger cookies and snow, clean sheets and saunas, ice and gravestones. Everything's got a mist over it; it's a blurry story. I liked spending ti...

    I wanted this book to be more engrossing, more of a real potboiler, than it was. It was very good, and maybe it's just the subject matter that is always going to keep the reader at a distance, just like Sunny Taylor watches her patients from a distance instead of engaging with them on ...

    I have a history with this book. The title caught my eye when I was trialling through long lists of data at work. It sounded interesting so I bought it, started reading it then accidentally left it in a pub toilet. I wonder if anyone found it and read it... By this time I knew I would ...

    *** 1/2 I approached this book with much anticipation, and for much of it, was gratified. The mood and setting are remarkably delineated. Set in a remote "hospital" for women in a bleak 1920's Finland, Chapman fills the pages with sensuous detail clearly bringing to life the humid, hot...

    I really wanted to love this book, but I have to say it really fell short of my expectations. It had all of the ingredients of what I am attracted to: the language, setting, potentially complex characters... All of the medical information as well as Julia's backstory seemed to be goin...

  • Holly
    Sep 01, 2011

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

  • maven
    Jul 30, 2013

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

  • Catherine Riley
    Oct 16, 2017

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

  • Bungo
    May 24, 2012

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

  • Cecily
    Aug 16, 2013

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

    3 and 3/4 stars. Let's see how this sits with me now that I've finished it. I need to mull it over a bit. For now I take away images of ginger cookies and snow, clean sheets and saunas, ice and gravestones. Everything's got a mist over it; it's a blurry story. I liked spending ti...

    I wanted this book to be more engrossing, more of a real potboiler, than it was. It was very good, and maybe it's just the subject matter that is always going to keep the reader at a distance, just like Sunny Taylor watches her patients from a distance instead of engaging with them on ...

    I have a history with this book. The title caught my eye when I was trialling through long lists of data at work. It sounded interesting so I bought it, started reading it then accidentally left it in a pub toilet. I wonder if anyone found it and read it... By this time I knew I would ...

    *** 1/2 I approached this book with much anticipation, and for much of it, was gratified. The mood and setting are remarkably delineated. Set in a remote "hospital" for women in a bleak 1920's Finland, Chapman fills the pages with sensuous detail clearly bringing to life the humid, hot...

    I really wanted to love this book, but I have to say it really fell short of my expectations. It had all of the ingredients of what I am attracted to: the language, setting, potentially complex characters... All of the medical information as well as Julia's backstory seemed to be goin...

    Didn't really find an affinity with any of the characters, and found it difficult to get on the same page as the author. Felt like I was lost at sea without any bearings, as it was not clearly defined on a time scale. However I think this was a device used by the author, but it was uns...

  • Nicola Hearn
    Jun 22, 2012

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

    3 and 3/4 stars. Let's see how this sits with me now that I've finished it. I need to mull it over a bit. For now I take away images of ginger cookies and snow, clean sheets and saunas, ice and gravestones. Everything's got a mist over it; it's a blurry story. I liked spending ti...

    I wanted this book to be more engrossing, more of a real potboiler, than it was. It was very good, and maybe it's just the subject matter that is always going to keep the reader at a distance, just like Sunny Taylor watches her patients from a distance instead of engaging with them on ...

    I have a history with this book. The title caught my eye when I was trialling through long lists of data at work. It sounded interesting so I bought it, started reading it then accidentally left it in a pub toilet. I wonder if anyone found it and read it... By this time I knew I would ...

  • Anne
    Oct 30, 2013

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

  • Vivian
    Aug 20, 2018

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

  • Jeanette
    Feb 03, 2016

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...

    BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler. Could not decide whether to give this three or four stars. Yes, I liked it a lot in certain ways. But not in every way. This is a story set in an isolated convalescent hospital for women in Finland. Most ...

    Nominated for The Guardian's First Novel Award 2010, the story is set in the 1920s in a remote part of Finland. We are introduced to the elderly residents of a rather exclusive ward in a women's convalescent hospital. However, these patients are not so much physically sick as sick ...

    Definitely a strange book. Part historical fiction, part literary fiction, with a touch of creepiness mixed in as well. I'm not sure it's entirely successful though, but I wouldn't say it was entirely bad either. First and foremost, the writing was a mixed bag. At times, I really li...

    How could I resist a title like Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto? I?m a sucker for a good, long title, and with a cover blurb comparing the Maile Chapman to Patricia Highsmith, I knew I had to read it. Trouble is, I over-hyped myself based on the title alone. Perhaps having alre...

    Odd book! The prose is quite unusual and successful for the most part but sometimes gets a little tedious. I finished it feeling slightly confused - there seems to be an incremental build up to the final events, then they happen and are more or less glossed over, then returned to but y...

    3 and 3/4 stars. Let's see how this sits with me now that I've finished it. I need to mull it over a bit. For now I take away images of ginger cookies and snow, clean sheets and saunas, ice and gravestones. Everything's got a mist over it; it's a blurry story. I liked spending ti...

    I wanted this book to be more engrossing, more of a real potboiler, than it was. It was very good, and maybe it's just the subject matter that is always going to keep the reader at a distance, just like Sunny Taylor watches her patients from a distance instead of engaging with them on ...

    I have a history with this book. The title caught my eye when I was trialling through long lists of data at work. It sounded interesting so I bought it, started reading it then accidentally left it in a pub toilet. I wonder if anyone found it and read it... By this time I knew I would ...

    *** 1/2 I approached this book with much anticipation, and for much of it, was gratified. The mood and setting are remarkably delineated. Set in a remote "hospital" for women in a bleak 1920's Finland, Chapman fills the pages with sensuous detail clearly bringing to life the humid, hot...

    I really wanted to love this book, but I have to say it really fell short of my expectations. It had all of the ingredients of what I am attracted to: the language, setting, potentially complex characters... All of the medical information as well as Julia's backstory seemed to be goin...

    Didn't really find an affinity with any of the characters, and found it difficult to get on the same page as the author. Felt like I was lost at sea without any bearings, as it was not clearly defined on a time scale. However I think this was a device used by the author, but it was uns...

    Haunting, eerie, Gothic, female nurse book. I am giving it 4* mostly because there are so few books in English set in my home country. This one did a good job describing how the climate, culture and isolation influences the psyche. Very good book about how it feels like to be foreign i...

    Would give this a 3.5 if possible. It was an enjoyable read and kept my interest to pick up the book everyday and read another chapter or two. I was interested in the characters and what would happen next. To me the main drawback was that the ending was too vague. I like an ending to t...

  • Sharron Grodzinsky
    Sep 19, 2017

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

  • Noodlefox
    Feb 19, 2017

    I picked this up off the "new books" shelf at the library, knowing nothing about it. I liked the cover and the reviews on the back made it sound enthralling and spooky, atmospheric and insular. Well, it certainly was atmospheric and insular, taking place at a remote women's rest home i...

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, Maile Chapman ?Sunny withholds judgment but she knows, sometimes this happiness, this passive acceptance, sometimes it is the beginning of decline.? Sunny Taylor is an American nurse who seeks employment in a private hospital in F...

    I think you call this densely atmospheric and hauntingly visceral; weird, corporeal, gothic, kind of nasty. Maile Chapman never uses a another kind of metaphor when a gross bodily metaphor will do. She reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood - I can imagine an Alias Grace-sort of novel...

    From my book review blog Rundpinne:[return][return]Intelligent, philosophical and beautiful, Your Presence Is Requested At Suvanto by Maile Chapman is a delicately woven tapestry of the women who live and work at Suvanto Sairaala in Finland with special emphasis on the Orvakki Ward. Ch...

    What is it called when a book makes you feel like you're right there? This one has it, and "there" is super creepy and very Shining-esque. However, the Overlook Hotel had some likable characters while Suvanto is teeming with Shelley Duvall's. The horror, the horror, the horror. The ...

    Would've been better without the many mistakes in Finnish history and language. ...

    Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto (Graywolf Press, 2010) I have always had a thing for difficult novels. I count among my favorite books of all time both Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West and Wendy Walker's The Secret Service, t...

    Review copy from Publisher Expectations. I think my expectations led me astray with this novel. Reading the advance praise for Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto set the stage for impossibly high standards. Seeing authors like Audrey Niffenegger say it was "unnerving and full of ...

    In the 1989-90 school year I took an amazing course at The Evergreen State College, The Classical World. It was one interdisciplinary course that filled up my entire credit load for the year. We studied Greek, Roman and early Christian history, literature, philosophy and art, along wi...

    I don't know how to rate this book. The liner notes called it an intellectual thriller but I call it an intellectual puzzle. It was ponderous until about halfway through and I only kept reading because the atmosphere was a little Gothic, almost hallucinatory and I wanted to see where o...

    Wonderfully creepy, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and elegant all at once. Maile Chapman succeeds in conjuring a setting so palpable as to be a character in its own right (almost at the risk of being more interesting than some of the human characters). And in general, I love what she's ...

    Received this book as a first-reads through Goodreads around April 20th, 2010. Finally finished this book! It was hard for me to continue reading it for more than 30 minutes at a time, which generally causes me to loose interest in the book. Someone asked me what the book was about wh...

    This is a very odd book. Although I read the entire book, I am still not sure what it is about. There is a "rest home" of some sort and women come there to stay and be treated. At first I thought it was a nursing home for the elderly, but then women started to come to have babies and f...

    Not sure how to even comment. The storyline was so convoluted that I couldn?t figure out what was supposed to be going on. We?re the patients physically or mentally ill, both, or neither? Why were some of them there? What did Dr Peter do that was so terrible? Was Sunny messed up an...

    This was one strange book. I could not determine if the character worked on a psych ward or a regular hospital. Maybe that was the author's intent. the characters were rather strange too. I just could not get into the book. ...

    Dark and brilliant An unusual story with breathtaking descriptions of people and places. How can you describe an ordinary scene so that every detail can be imagined? It happens in this book. In addition, there is a rather dire, dark unexpected twist at the end. ...

    I found this book on a "horror novels you might not have read" kinda list and the description sounded very interesting, but after having actually read it I really wouldn't call it a horror novel. I wouldn't even really call it a thriller. There are certainly some sad and tense moments ...