EDGY SHORT STORIES ON DOMESTIC UNEASINESS | 2017 | 160 pp
Ten disturbing stories exploring the dark bonds of love and affection
A young girl and her toddler brother play secret games in the dark with their nanny and her mysterious husband, when suddenly things become too scary; a chronic patient visits her seriously ill doctor at the hospital, and feeling brutally abandoned by him, she gets dangerously close 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 feels she’s paying her mistake with her own life: the angry wife of the dead man 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 inflammable tendrils that bind families together. Giaconi masters a voice-driven clipped and effective prose, and a funny, dark humor portraying shattered characters with emotional truth.
Spanish language original · English sample available
"An outstanding story collection"
—Corriere della Sera
“Masterful stories about the leftovers of ordinary life”
Finalist of the Ribera del Duero Short Story Award
“Giaconi raises the veil over buried desires, violent instincts and the invisible tensions hiding behind this hell called family”
Named One of the Best Books of 2017 by
El País · Página 12 · Los Inrockuptibles · The New York Times en Español
"An almost surgical literary talent"
The daughter of political exiles from the Uruguayan dictatorship, Vera Giaconi knocks down the myth of ordinary life as a safe and comfortable place.
With only two stories collections —Carne viva (Eterna Cadencia, 2011), and Seres queridos (Finalist of the Rivera del Duero Award 2016; Anagrama, 2017)—, she is widely considered to be one of the most prominent Latin American voices of her generation.