We invite you to join us in conversation with Helene Bukowski on her dystopian climate novel Milk Teeth, published in the UK for the first time this month. Translated from German by Jen Calleja, Milk Teeth follows a mother and daughter fighting for survival during a climate apocalypse.
Enter a dystopian world
Skalde and Edith, a mother and daughter, live as part of a community that has separated itself from the rest of the world and is currently trying to survive in a climate apocalypse.
Skalde has only ever known life with her mother: she rarely crosses the boundaries of their plot to visit neighbours and she certainly never leaves their zone. She passes the days reading, writing and trying to live under her reclusive mother's rules, until, one day, a girl named Meisis arrives and, against Edith's wishes, Skalde decides to take her in.
But Meisis's arrival proves to be too much for the community to handle…
About Helene Bukowski
Helene Bukowski has written two novels, Milk Teeth (Milchzähne, 2019) was nominated for the Mara Cassens Prize, the Rauris Literature Prize and the Kranichstein Literature Prize, and and a film adaptation is in the works.
About MTO Press
Milk Teeth is published by indie publisher MTO Press, a social enterprise publishing literature by women and non-binary authors. They donate at least 50% of their profits to various causes depending on the book in question and the aims of the author.