‘Everyone always asks why I came to Finland. No one asks why I’m still here.’
Everyone has dreamed of leaving everything behind and starting a new life in another country. Few have gone beyond daydreaming and actually done it, but what happens when you take the risk and it all goes wrong?
This is the story of a man who did exactly that. He left behind friends, family and a career in America and married a woman in Finland. The marriage failed. He had bet his entire life on this relationship and lost.
He believed he was lost and abandoned in the darkest country on Earth, but came to realise he was not lost at all. In fact, he was finally found.
This book resonated with me deeply. I’ve made similar choices to the author at one time or another. While my path has not been as dark it’s because I’ve been luckier I suspect.
You can be smart and motivated and still have things go wrong through chance or lack of perspective.
You can also be lost and find your way again with effort and the kindness of others.
Read this book.
It might make you sad and then happy on a cold dark night.
It did me.
Really great book! Very well written and interesting. I recommend it if you like to read a fascinating true story.
Read the entire book in one sitting. And cried like I’ve not cried in many, many years. Fabulous story! Bravo!
just fantastic. Most brave and honest stuff I’ve read in 15-20 years!
Instead of answering the question “why come to Finland?” the author tells why he stayed in Finland despite cultural, financial and personal issue and ultimately how he reconciled and overcame these. Deeply personal and intimate in its telling and content.