Leena Parkkinen has authored three prize-winning adults’ novels set. Her skillful use of detail is often imbued with an element of suspense. She has also written two children’s story books.
Parkkinen has received numerous literary awards, such as Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for the best debut (2009), Academic Bookshop’s Bestselling Debut Prize (2009) etc. Her works have been translated into seven languages.
Miss Stein’s Cook (Neiti Steinin Keittäjätär, Otava, August 2022)
A fabulous historical novel about a crime that separates two sisters, It’s also about love that sets one human to serve another.
In Parainen Finland, two sisters end up in terrible bloodshed. However, twenty years later in Paris, the world-famous Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas hire a cook for their household. They hire Margit, one of the two sisters from Parainen. The roles of the cook and the servant define both Margit and Alice, who is Stein’s lover, editor, muse, and typewriter. A special trust and tension is born between the women.