by VERA GIACONI
"Ten disturbing stories exploring the dark bonds of love and affection by one of the most interesting voices in Latin America"
A young girl and her toddler brother play secret games in the dark with their nanny and her mysterious husband, when suddenly innocent play turns dark; a chronic patient visits her seriously ill doctor at the hospital, and due to feelings of abandonment, gets dangerously close to him while he sleeps; a waitress in L.A. struggles dating a reality show contestant, while she is silently monitored by her jealous sister via Skype; a drunk woman kills a man in a car crash and worries she's now paying for her mistake– for the angry wife of the dead man has put a clear-cut spell on her, and now she has miscarriages over and over again…
With a vision that is both sharp and breathless, these unsettling stories brilliantly question the highly flammable tendrils that bind families together. Often compared to Samanta Schweblin, Giaconi masters a clipped and effective prose, and a dark humor portraying shattered characters with emotional truth.
- Published in 2017, 160 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: Seres queridos
- Italy: Edizioni Sur, 2019
- World Spanish: Anagrama, 2017
“An almost surgical literary talent” —LA STAMPA
“An outstanding short story collection” —LA LETTURA
“Her writing could explode at any time” —Diego Zúñiga, REVISTA QUÉ PASA
The new great discovery from Argentina, along with Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enríquez —EL MERCURIO
“Giaconi raises the veil over buried desires, violent instincts and the invisible tensions hiding behind this hell called family” —LA REPUBBLICA
“One of the best books of the year” —Edmundo Paz Soldán, EL BOOMERAN(G)
- FINALIST OF THE RIBERA DEL DUERO SHORT STORY AWARD 2017
- Named one of the best books of 2017 by EL PAÍS, PÁGINA 12, LOS INROCKUPTIBLES and THE NEW YORK TIMES EN ESPAÑOL
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vera Giaconi was born in Montevideo in 1974, but has lived her entire life in Buenos Aires. The daughter of exiles from the Uruguayan dictatorship, Vera Giaconi knocks down the myth of ordinary life as a safe and comfortable place.
For the past 13 years, she has been working as a freelance editor for various magazines and publishing houses in Argentina. She also teaches creative writing.
With only two stories collections —Carne viva (Eterna Cadencia, 2011), and Seres queridos (amongst the five finalists of the international literary award Ribera del Duero; Anagrama, 2017)—, she is widely considered to be one of the most prominent Latin American voices of her generation.
PRESS ROUND UP
“Using a very lucid point of view and an intonation aspiring to perfection, these stories produce the effect of a reading under anesthesia, withstanding pain, illness, the fear of others and this hell called “family”
—Daniel Gigena, LA NACIÓN