"Rural Finland may not seem a very likely locale for a gripping intellectual thriller, but pulling this off is merely the first of Maile Chapman’s many accomplishments here. Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto—what a title!—is as creepy as Patricia Highsmith at her best and as psychologically sharp (and confounding) as early Ian McEwan. With its portrayal of how quickly the conscience in shipwreck succumbs to delusion, Chapman has written more than a beautifully observed and utterly convincing first novel: she has written something of unfakeable importance."—Tom Bissell
"Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto is a lucid dream of a book; it is extremely clear and unnerving and full of gorgeously written surprises and frightening marvels."—Audrey Niffenegger
"It's no accident that Chapman chooses the isolated landscape of Finland to tell her gothic tale because it's in the cold and dark that she burns and shines. In language that is both ornate and journalistic, Maile Chapman defies our expectations on every page. Her mainline into the unconscious has you convinced she's writing while in the midst of a nightmare, working at the desk of the devil. And yet her characters are remarkably human which is what makes this book impossible to put down. Patrick McGrath comes to mind, even Edgar Allan Poe. But really, Chapman is an original, a marvel, a voice that must be read."—Julia Slavin
Maile Chapman's stories have appeared in A Public Space, Literary Review, The Mississippi Review, and Post Road. She earned her MFA from Syracuse University and is currently a Schaeffer Fellow in Fiction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.