Baudoin’s beguiling portrayals of day-to-day lives belie the unsettling feeling of things unseen and unsaid, and on the verge of falling apart. In the title story, a pregnant woman on an eco-adventure to escape a recent break-up finds herself heading towards an even murkier future. In "Mengele in Love," a chambermaid in a hotel reminisces about her lost love for a previous resident. As Alberto Manguel observes in his introduction "each story takes a situation to unexpected extremes, and the endings are always surprising and subtly justified."
About the Author
Magela Baudoin is an award-winning journalist, writer, and professor. Alberto Manguel is an Argentinian, Canadian, anthologist, translator, essayist, and novelist. Wendy Burk is the recipient of a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Projects Fellowship. M.J. Fièvre, is a Haitian-born writer and educator.
"In her book Baudoin describes a complex contemporary universe with humour and intelligence, featuring a plurality of voices that do not detract from the elegant coherence of the collection. Each story takes a situation to unexpected extremes and the endings are always surprising and subtly justified, effectively avoiding clichés and suggesting several vague possibilities that cause the reader lasting unease." —Alberto Manguel
"In the slim but impactful story collection, Bolivian writer Magela Baudoin unsettles and surprises as she steers her realistic narratives into unexpected and thought-provoking territory. The concise, intelligent fiction will move, intrigue, and not fade quickly from memory." —Nicholas Litchfield, Colorado Review
"Nearly all the stories are perfectly formed. The overall impression is of a writer with years of craftsmanship already behind her, ready to don the halo of South American literary fame. These stories are expertly honed, whittled to beauty and often terror." —Katharine Coldiron, Cleaver Magazine