Called a Spanish Gothic, this haunting tale of a girl and her bizarre family life during the Franco regime in Spain is available for the first time in English. As 18-year-old Andrea stuggles to transition into adulthood, so does her country.More
"Laforet's moody and sepulchral debut novel, a 1945 Spanish cult classic, has been given new life by acclaimed translator [Edith] Grossman." (Publishers Weekly)
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One of the best books I've read in awhile!
Written in 1945; Still Imperative Read
Coming of age story as real today as it was in 1945. Written at a time when war had ravaged Barcelona, a wealthy family suffers the humiliations of poverty. Their niece, an orphan, 18 years old, struggles to grow up without the scars of the family and the war
destroying her search for identity. This is a
Andrea is a fighter for her dignity and a new post-war life.
Alma Cuervo made each character distinctive, all were individual and remarkable.
Read this classic.
- Dr. "Professor Emeritus"