The weird, fetid, familiar discomfort of family is front and centre in these short stories of all the ways we remain a mystery to each other.
The mysteries of kinship (families born into and families made) take disconcerting and familiar shapes in these refreshingly frank short stories. A family is haunted by a beast that splatters fruit against its walls every night, another undergoes a near-collision with a bus on the way home from the beach. Mothers are cold, fathers are absent—we know these moments in the abstract, but Adaui makes each as uncanny as our own lives: close but not yet understood.
"haunting….Adaui’s poetic prose elevates the poignancy of these mostly somber stories" —Publishers Weekly
"A kaleidoscopic collection that takes a sharp, dark look at family and how we survive it." —Kirkus
"A softly beguiling book that pulls the reader into its complexity and investigation of deeply vicious themes." —The Arts Desk
"Brief, incendiary tales, flaring into being." —Irish Times
"With this book Katya Adaui consolidates her position as one of the most subtle and original Peruvian writers in recent years." —El País
"Adaui belongs to a resurgence of women storytellers who have restored the pleasure of reading stories that leave us suffering from their sweet intoxication." —WMagazín