Hanna Pylväinen

Hanna Pylvainen

Hanna Pylväinen’s latest novel, The End of Drum-Time, is an epic love story about a young reindeer herder and a minister’s daughter in the nineteenth century Arctic Circle, and it was a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award. Gorgeously written and sweeping in scope, the setting in a remote village on the 1850s Scandinavian tundra immerses readers in a world lit by the northern lights, steeped in age-old rituals, and guided by passions that transcend place and time as told. The Minneapolis Star Review calls it “the best type of historical fiction—electrifying, edifying, and set in an utterly enthralling time and place.” The Christian Science Monitor says, “Pylväinen’s tale offers not only exquisite prose and insightful observations, but also fresh perspectives on family bonds, cultural traditions, and religious colonialism.” Pylväinen’s debut, We Sinners, received the Whiting Award and a Balcones Fiction Prize. The novel introduces us to an unforgettable family, bound together and torn apart by their intense religious devotion. “We Sinners is remarkably funny for a book about a deeply religious family grappling with loss of faith….It’s impossible not to like these characters, so beautifully drawn, and so very loving to one another,” says the Los Angeles Times. Pylväinen’s work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the recipient of fellowships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the New York Public Library, as well as residencies from MacDowell, Yaddo and the Lásságámmi Foundation.