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House of Orphans

PUBLISHED: 10:42 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 14:35 12 May 2010

House of Orphans

House of Orphans

By Helen Dunmore, Set in Finland in 1901, Helen Dunmore's latest novel tells the story of Eeva, the orphaned daughter of a revolutionary, who is sent to work as housekeeper for a country doctor. Eeva's challenging, independent and enigmatic presence in t

By Helen Dunmore, Set in Finland in 1901, Helen Dunmore's latest novel tells the story of Eeva, the orphaned daughter of a revolutionary, who is sent to work as housekeeper for a country doctor. Eeva's challenging, independent and enigmatic presence in the house disturbs Dr Thomas as much as it intrigues him and the relationship between the two will shatter all the certainties of his life. House of Orphans skilfully examines the way in which political turmoil and unrest exert pressure and influence over people's daily lives. The story is one of love and loneliness between individuals, as well as one of tension between reform and revolution as a nation struggles to emerge from the grip of the Russian Empire.

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