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Told by an unnamed, extremely sensitive, and very frightened girl, this early novel by one of Mexico’s premier writers rivals Clarice Lispector’s work for sheer hypnotic power. Combining the realism of the coming-of-age plot with the magic of language that finds a swimming pool “pulsating gently like a huge heart,” the novel covers the years leading up to the death of the narrator’s mother. Desperately trying to understand the loss, the girl gives brief, vivid snapshots of family life and school, but can’t fully face the truth that would make “the facts turn into dangerous needles that could sew up my heart.”

- Laurie G.
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By Carmen Boullosa, Peter Bush (Translator)
ISBN: 9781941920282
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - August 2nd, 2016


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