Miss U’s relationships are colourful: there is the boy who refuses to eat anything red; the boy who names his bands after mystical elements of nature; and the boy who has a bathroom full of yellow rubber ducks. Which one will Miss U choose?
In Eeva Turunen’s debut, the characters’ neuroses, weaknesses and eccentricities result in vivid encounters. Some of the relationships involve same-sex or ambiguous gender pairings, but in essence the stories are about loneliness, the search for a connection, and building a personal identity. Turunen portrays difficult, shameful emotions sensitively and with humour. She has an eye for weirdness.
Siltala PublishingSakari Siltala
“Eeva Turunen’s debut operates with powerful, original language and crosses genre borders with ease”– Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize jury“The comic, gentle irony makes the characters’ worlds emerge with style”– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
Eeva Turunen is an architect and playwright living in Helsinki. Miss U was chosen as the best debut of 2018 by Helsingin Sanomat and shortlisted for the Runeberg Prize 2019.