The narrator of this novel, a writer, arrives by train at Casetes Beach with her month-old daughter on her back. She prepares to spend a few weeks in one of the cottages by the sand. Her husband has recently passed away and she needs to open the parenthesis of her life: to forget something, and to discover something else. But the appearance of an overly assertive starfish precedes a series of disturbing events, and as the narrator begins to lose a hold on reality, we are immersed in the uncertain territory of allegory.
With a lively and direct style and overwhelming poetic force, Muriel Villanueva guides us through the daily motions of life, and at the same time a fantastic journey of a woman in search of her own maturity.
“Round and moving, nourished by the author's identifiable style and a fascinating management of allegorical and fantastic elements. A world. Or, rather, a whole universe, that of the writer, polysemous and suggestive.”—Xavi Aliaga, El Temps
“Poetic and allegorical. A very special atmosphere.”—Anna Guitart, Tria 33
“A short novel of intense chill, of letting go with each sentence, of refined writing and with a universe that contains pain and doubts, with the overwhelming fantasy of the rawest reality.”—Esteve Plantada, NacióDigital
“I started on a Sunday in the early afternoon and had already finished it in the evening. I couldn’t get up from the couch. The rhythm of her prose caught me completely and surely it would have taken me less to finish it if it weren’t for the fact that every two or three pages I had to stop and reread the excerpt to savor it again. You know what I’m talking about, right? When you feel completely identified with a story and know that the reflections you are reading will serve you at one time or another and you need to emphasize them. The protagonist talks about maturity, relationships, and self-discovery. Reflections that are interspersed with a disturbing, visceral, and poetic story.”—Elisenda Solsona