Maria, the oldest daughter of Sebjørn, is often daydreaming of becoming famous while cleaning the university early in the morning in Bergen. Meanwhile, Alma, a 15 year old virgin back in Maria’s home town, spends all her time thinking about sex. Her fantasies include several men in her life, the second-oldest daughter of Sebjørn, various utensils and a sink. She constantly argues with her mother and steals alcohol from her. And then there’s the wife of Sebjørn, a housewife with 8 daughters. She is tired of her boring and slave-like life so she decides to go to Oslo and demonstrate for the cause of turnips.
This book is mainly know for its sex-scenes, although that is a small part of the book. It is definitely fun to read about Alma’s frustrations, but it wasn’t as shocking as I thought it would be. My favourite character and part of the book is the unnamed wife of Sebjørn.
As far as I can see, this book has not been translated into any other languages. But a film based on the book will be out this year. It has already received a prize for best screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York recently and has been giving great reviews. I can’t wait to see it.