Maile Chapman is the classiest lady in fiction. Her stunning first novel, “Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto” is the creepiest kind of gothic: it is medical, wintery dark and terrifying–and yet somehow the language is poetic and lovely, like Maile. Based on research conducted during a Fulbright year in Finland, Maile managed to sew the near-arctic landscape into every scene. The book is daunting in its scope, mirroring the Bacchae in its structure, and unflinchingly examining the complex (and sort of disgusting) world of women’s medicine. The best part of this book is the suspense; the whole time you’re thinking SOMETHING TERRIBLE IS GOING TO HAPPEN OH MY GOD> and then it does. Buy this for your chilly auntie who secretly appreciates the bleak and beautiful.