Many will see connections to Septety's main character to the Holocaust. The conditions of the Siberian prisons resemble those of Aushwitz. Sepety's characterization of main character Lina strongly resemble Anne Frank.
For me, I gained a better appreciation of the perspective of my own Finnish relatives through this harrowing tale. Many Finns, like those from Estonia, Lativia, and Lithuania also suffered under Stalin's reign of terror.
Watch the following clip of Ruta Septetys' interview for greater understanding.