Katja Kettu

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Katja Kettu
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Born Katja Maaria Heikkinen
(1978-04-10) April 10, 1978 (age 40)
Muhos, Finland
Occupation Writer
Nationality Finnish
Notable works The Midwife

Katja Maaria Kettu (born Heikkinen, April 10, 1978) is a Finnish contemporary writer and film producer. She debuted in 2005 with the novel Surujenkerääjä. The book was nominated for the Helsingin-Sanomat literature prize as best debut novel. Her breakthrough as writer succeeded with The Midwife (Kätilö).[1] In the book Kettu describes the love between a Finnish midwife and a German officer during the Second World War. She shows in brutal scenes of birth, abortion and murder how people are able to suffer for love. The story is inspired by the life of Kettu's grandparents.


  1. ^ "The Midwife". bonnierrights.fi. Retrieved 2015-11-02.