Purge by Sofi Oksanen
Soon to be published in twenty-five languages, Sofi Oksanen’s award-winning novel Purge is a suspenseful tale of two women dogged by their own shameful pasts and the dark, unspoken history that binds them.
When Aliide Truu, an older woman living alone in the Estonian countryside, finds a disheveled girl huddled in her front yard, she suppresses her misgivings and offers her shelter. Zara is a young sex-trafficking victim on the run from her captors, but a photo she carries with her soon makes it clear that her arrival at Aliide’s home is no coincidence. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other’s motives; gradually, their stories emerge, the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia’s Soviet occupation.
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PURGE © 2008 by Sofi Oksanen, English translation © 2010 by Lola Rogers, reprinted with the permission of the publisher, Grove Atlantic, Inc.