Kreetta Onkeli (b. 1970) is an author, columnist, dramaturge, and mother. Her other works include the short story collection Welcome to Paradise (Tervetuloa paratiisiin, 2003), the novella Beige (2005), the essay collection The Pseudoscientific Candidate (Luulotieteen kandidaatti, 2007) and the novel The Calling (Kutsumus, 2009).
The story depicts more clearly the fall under the power of evil than Kafka’s The Trial.
– Alli Kantola, Kiiltomato.net literary review
Kreetta Onkeli does not judge her characters: her criticism is reserved for a social environment that is perceived as being hostile to individual aspirations and genuine human development. This portrayal of life in a big city will be understood and recognized anywhere in modern Europe or North America today.
– translator, literary critic David McDuff
Kreetta Onkeli’s The Housewife will make you cry and make you laugh. … Painfully timely subject—namely, the everyday life of the blended family.
– Riitta Castrén, Eeva women’s magazine
Onkeli gets the reader completely hooked; she is in a class of her own. — Jenni Belitz, Kotivinkki home magazine
No one writes about the horrors of interpersonal relationships as spine-chillingly as Kreetta Onkeli.
– Hanna Tohtua, Trendi style magazine
There is a wilderness in the center of Helsinki and its name is family. The Housewife (Kotirouva) is a horror story about Sirre, Assar and Vita Elo. They are adrift on the sea of family without a map. The do not need to find a destination. They need to find each other. Kreetta Onkeli’s The Housewife depicts urban dwellers, people lost from each other, and the struggle of the thirty-something woman for her identity. What is the status in society of the mother and wife who cares for her family and home, the housewife of today?
Kreetta Onkeli made her breakthrough with her first novel Happy House (Ilonen talo, 1996), which received the Kalevi Jäntti Prize, and which was also made into a television film. The Housewife is her second novel.
Original name: Kotirouva
Publisher: Sammakko 2007
Hardcover 120 x 185 mm
Cover design: Riikka Majanen