Tove Jannson’s Novels
In this book Tove Jansson captures the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms— presenting it in 22 vignettes wrapped around six-year-old Sophia and her grandmother. The two females, on opposite ends of life, spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. Together they amble over the coastlines and through the forests in easy companionship. They build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, and write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, and the natures of God and of love.
In this sensitive tale of island life, Jansson — who lived much of her life on an island like the one described in this book — creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows. Swedish actress Liv Ullmann wrote, “The Summer Book is beautiful and warm, with the kind of wisdom we can adapt to our everyday lives.”