“A magical anti-capitalist adventure.” —Annalee Newitz
Nino Cipri's Finna is a rambunctious, touching story that blends all the horrors the multiverse has to offer with the everyday awfulness of low-wage work. It explores queer relationships and queer feelings, capitalism and accountability, labor and love, all with a bouncing sense of humor and a commitment to the strange.
When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store — but not that one — slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago.
To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of their relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Finna is a wildly entertaining and constantly surprising mix of science fiction, adventure, and socially conscious comedy. Set in one of those giant, mazelike furniture stores, the book follows sales associate Ava, who hates her minimum-wage sales job and really dreads being there after breaking up with her co-worker Jules. But when a wormhole to a parallel universe opens up in one of the pseudo-IKEA store’s showrooms, Ava and Jules draw the short straw to find the elderly customer who stumbled into it. (No, they don’t get overtime for exploring an alternate reality.) Nino Cipri’s witty surrealism reminds us of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and their characters are as believable as they are hilarious. Finna is smart, exciting, and oozing with gusto—and it’s way more fun than assembling your own shelving unit.
In this whimsical but underwhelming interdimensional adventure through an endless furniture store, two retail workers face myriad otherworldly obstacles as well as the specter of their own recently ended relationship. Cipri (Homesick: Stories), a Publishers Weekly reviewer, employs this delightfully unusual setting to explore the soul-crushing nature of retail work and the pain of recent breakups. When Ava is unexpectedly called in for a shift at the big-box furniture store Litenv rld, she and her former partner Jules are tasked with delving into an endless series of wormholes into display rooms in alternate versions of the store to find a customer who was sucked through a wormhole. Each alternate dimension contains its own unpredictable monsters and amazements, in an episodic structure that will leave some readers longing for more connective tissue. While confronting the mysteries each world offers, Jules and Ava negotiate their relationship dynamic, rehashing their breakup and lingering feelings. Their emotional arcs resonate but are frequently overpowered by the introduction of new, seemingly random sets of problems to face. Cipri delivers on a fun premise, but readers will wish for greater depths of feeling.