Maria Peura (b. 1970) is a prize-winning author and dramaturge. She was given the prestigious Young Aleksis Kivi Prize, and nominated for the Finlandia Prize, for her debut novel Your Love Is Infinite (On rakkautes ääretön) in 2001. It also received received the Olvi Foundation Award and the Good Deed for Children Award. At the Edge of Light (Valon reunalla), received stellar reviews both in Finland and in the UK, where it was published in 2007. Among Peura’s other works is a collection of poetry for children.
“Peura’s northern speech feels real and unspoiled on the page. Her skill with language allows each speaker to become fully realized…the novel feels like the perfect duet of voices; alternating in solo parts are Mirka and her mother Anni, whose life Peura opens up layer by layer, moving into the past.”
– Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland (on And the Stars Fall)