Ray Girl

Original title: Säde

Published: 2013

Publisher: WSOY

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 328

A mystical love story. Beauty meets two beasts in search of the meaning of life and death.

Vic had no expectations of life after death. But here he is, watching while a serious woman pulls a serious little boy on a sledge through a snow storm. How did it all happen?

Vivacious Säde (Ray) and cynical English archaeologist Vic are beavering away on excavations in Finland, led by the fiery and charismatic Voula with a motley crew of disciples worshipping ancient gods.

At home, Säde has Antti, a successful game programmer, waiting for her. What will the excavations turn up? Do gods exist? Who wins the heart of carefree, disorganized and enigmatic Säde?

Everyone loves Säde. She’s every man’s dream and every woman’s best friend, a fun-loving and delightfully sexually uninhibited young archaeologist. But such girls don’t really exist. The deepest secrets lurk behind the broadest smiles. This is not a girl you want to invite to the dig.

Ray Girl is a mystical love story, an unusual love triangle, a comedy about the collision between faith and science, a coming-of-age story that combines genres and a novel about an atheist who wants to belong to a cult. It is sure to make you laugh and likely to make you cry. The second, highly anticipated novel from a unique writing talent.


Rights sold:
FINLAND, WSOY (Orig. publisher)
CZECH REPUBLIC, Nakladatelství Brána
DENMARK, Turbine
GERMANY, Suhrkamp

“Ray Girl is a gorgeous novel about a smart ‘ménage à trois’ in which love and sex, mystery and science collide head-on. Witty, wise – and very charming. The inimitable Miina Supinen has been the discovery of the year for me.”
–  Susanne Gretter, Suhrkamp, Germany

“[Ray Girl is]…one of the year’s best…I really enjoyed Supinen’s laid-back use of language. Her humour doesn’t feel forced but hits you in a sneaky way. Even the religious examination is done in good taste.”
-Morren maailma literature blog

Miina Supinen


Miina Supinen (b. 1976) is a journalist, essayist and author. Her critically acclaimed novels and short stories have a dedicated fan following, and many consider her the funniest, most effervescent female writer in Finland. Nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Debut Book of the Year Award in 2007, her novel Jelly Control (Liha tottelee kuria, WSOY 2007), is a cult classic. The collection of short stories, Land of the Apatosaurus (Apatosauruksen maa, WSOY 2010), was nominated for the 2010 Runeberg Prize.

Based on Supinen’s radio plays, Violet Jawbone’s Career Guide (Orvokki Leukaluun urakirja, WSOY 2013) was published in the spring of 2013. Ray Girl (Säde, WSOY 2013), is a mystical love story examining death, beauty, love, religion, sexual norms and culture clashes. Her latest book, Jingle Land (Mantelimaa, Tammi 2015), is a darkly comical look at Christmas obsession gone awry.

 

Bibliography


Miina Supinen

Jingle Land

2015, Literary


Miina Supinen

Jelly Control

2007, Literary


Miina Supinen

Madeleine and Michelin’s Cooking Club

2018, Middle-Grade

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