by SABINA URRACA
A wild, mesmerizing first novel by one of the most praised and talented contemporay Spanish writers
PRODIGAL DAUGHTERS is both a sharp autofiction and the restless voice of a generation. The novel is told by a fierceful female narrator who's left the city escaping job insecurity and the distractions that keep her from writing. She now lives in the middle of nowhere, with no commodities, wifi or electricity supply, and with only two wild TV-less children as neighbours. She will insightfully interweave stories from her own childhood and teenage years with her dubious countryside present, using a bold, savagely honest voice which always includes a lucid revelation.
Sabina Urraca has created a ground-breaking work expanding the limits of fiction and self-exposure in the digital era, and literature as a safe place to find intimate truth. Her mental landscape ranges from childhood memories in a hippie community, her early obsession with a Romanian athlete, Nadia Comăneci, the discovery of passion and love, and the dangers of growing up and becoming a desirable young girl.
- Debut novel
- Published in 2017, 320 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: Las niñas prodigio
- Portuguese: Kalandraka, 2019
- World Spanish: Fulgencio Pimentel, 2017
"One of the best books of 2017" —Alberto Olmos, EL CONFIDENCIAL
"An abundance of talent" —ABC CULTURAL
“Sabina Urraca has invented a new genre: an autofiction more addictive than Netflix” —VICE
“Prodigal Daughters is the reason why I read novels by contemporary writers" —Nadal Suau, EL CULTURAL
“An extraordinary talent. There is no Spanish author who writes like her, thinks like her, with such humour and wickedness” —THE OBJECTIVE
“Sabina Urraca is my favourite book on Facebook. I binge-read her posts with creative hunger” —PLAYGROUND MAGAZINE
- WINNER I AWARD JAVIER MOROTE
- Selected by the most recent NEW SPANISH BOOKS panel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SAN SEBASTIÁN, 1984
Sabina Urraca is a writer and journalist. Born in the Basque Country, she spent her childhood in Tenerife and has lived in Madrid for over a decade. Embracing self-narrative, she feels particularly attracted by immersive, gonzo wordsmithery journalism. Her controversial, straightforward, fiercely personal articles are daily shared through the Internet by hundreds of users, and have made her one of the most distinct and buzziest voices nowadays.