Leena Parkkinen has authored three prize-winning adults’ novels set in 20th century Europe, often about people living at the margins society. She has also written to children’s story books. Her skillful use of detail is often imbued with an element of suspense.
Parkkinen has received numerous literary awards, such as Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for the best debut (2009), Academic Bookshop’s Bestselling Debut Prize (2009) and the Kalevi Jäntti Prize (2013), in addition to being nominated for the Torch-bearer Prize 2017. Her works have been translated into seven languages to date.