Loved Ones

Loved Ones


Seres queridos


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

Rights :

World Spanish: Anagrama, 2017 | Italy: Edizioni Sur, 2019

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"An outstanding story collection"

—Corriere della Sera

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“Masterful stories about the leftovers of ordinary life”

—El País

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Finalist of the Ribera del Duero Short Story Award


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“Giaconi raises the veil over buried desires, violent instincts and the invisible tensions hiding behind this hell called family”

—La Reppublica

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Named One of the Best Books of 2017 by

El País · Página 12 · Los Inrockuptibles · The New York Times en Español

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"An almost surgical literary talent"

—La Stampa


Vera Giaconi


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.