The Love/Monster is a self-portrait of an artist, expanding into an exploration of cultural identity, gender roles and the demand of being ”normal”. The narrative voice is often playful and amusing, as the novel tackles big themes with the aid of humor.
”Saara Turunen has created an Odyssey that feels updated, smartly localized, and told from a female perspective.” Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize Jury, Finland.
“Turunen’s sentences are short and rhythmic. – – Like her plays, also her novel is unashamed. She dives headfirst into fantasies and dreams and comments on the suffocating roles set for women.” – Sylvi magazine, Finland
Awards: Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize 2015, Akateeminen Bookstore´s prize for the most selling debut-novel 2015, Finland Prize 2016