Hanna Pylväinen


Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novel We Sinners, which received the Whiting Writers’ Award and the Balcones Fiction Prize. National Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon called We Sinners "A début of dazzling economy, precision, and reach." The Chicago praised it as “a resonant and magical work of imagination.” And in USA Today, “A moving story [that] offers grace, insight, and compassion.”


Plyväinen’s new book, The End of Drum-Time will be published in 2023. Set in 1851 in a remote village in the Scandinavian tundra, it is the story of an ill-fated love affair between a renegade preacher’s daughter and a young deer 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, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Princeton University, and Cullman Center for Scholars and Writing. Her new novel, The End of Drum-Time, is forthcoming in 2023 from Holt.

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