Hanna Pylväinen


Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novels We Sinners and The End of Drum-Time, a finalist for the National Book Award. Set in 1851 in a remote village in the Scandinavian tundra, The End of Drum-Time it is the story of an ill-fated love affair between a renegade preacher’s daughter and a young reindeer herder. Bestselling author Anthony Marra hails it for “some of the most gorgeous prose imaginable and an extraordinary feat of imagination.” Yiyun Lee says of Plyväinen, she is “one of the most unique voices in American literature.”

Plyväinen’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was interviewed on NPR's Weekend Edition. She is the winner of a Whiting award and received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Princeton University, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writing. Plyväinen received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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