“When Edvin died, six years and ten months old,
I knew I had to write about it. I had to try and understand what happened to us. And to him. I had to write to document and to better understand. Sorrow slowly seeped into the system, into the blood, into every part of the brain, into the skeleton. I wrote and I walked during this time, around and around in our neighbourhood and around and around in what later became the script. It is now one and a half year since that day in August in 2020 and we are still here, breathing and living."
The reviews are filled with praise for this heartbreaking autobiographical novel:
“The tremendous strength in TURN AROUND comes from its ability to articulate the chaotic, unfiltered grief as Tungen experienced it – from the first shock to a diminished version of everyday life. At the same time, it also looks at the bigger picture, reflecting on what the death of a child does to those who are left behind, not to mention what it is that a mourner needs.”
- Vårt Land
“Some books really have a deep affect on you – like when a mother writes about the very worst thing that can happen: losing a child.” – VG
“A powerful, heartbreaking, warm, wise, uplifting and thought-provoking book about a grief that is almost unbearable.” – Aftenposten
Therese Tungen has worked as an editor for many years. She has published two books: Once They Were Wolves and Love, or Something Like It.
She was awarded Aschehoug’s debut scholarship for 2017, and the Bjørnson Scholarship in 2018.
In 2020, Love, or Something Like It it was shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature.