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A Sunny Place for Shady People by Mariana Enriquez


 

 


 

About A Sunny Place for Shady People

A diabolical collection of stories featuring achingly human characters whose lives intertwine with ghosts, goblins, and the macabre, by “one of Latin America’s most exciting authors” (Silvia Moreno-Garcia)

“Horror has found its master.”—Joy Williams

On the shores of this river, all the birds that fly, drink, perch on branches, and disturb siestas with the demonic squawking of the possessed—all those birds were once women.

Welcome to Argentina and the fascinating, frightening, fantastical imagination of Mariana Enriquez. In twelve spellbinding new stories, Enriquez writes about ordinary people, especially women, whose lives turn inside out when they encounter terror, the surreal, and the supernatural. A neighborhood nuisanced by ghosts, a family whose faces melt away, a faded hotel haunted by a girl who dissolved in the water tank on the roof, a riverbank populated by birds that used to be women—these and other tales illuminate the shadows of contemporary life, where the line between good and evil no longer exists.

Lyrical and hypnotic, heart-stopping and deeply moving, Enriquez’s stories never fail to enthrall, entertain, and leave us shaken. Translated by the award-winning Megan McDowell, A Sunny Place for Shady People showcases Enriquez’s unique blend of the literary and the horrific, and underscores why Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, calls her “the most exciting discovery I’ve made in fiction for some time.”

 

 

Praise For A Sunny Place for Shady People

“More trademark Enriquez stories combining the macabre with explorations of womanhood, parenthood and the lasting legacy of Argentina’s military dictatorships.”
—Lit Hub

“A diabolical collection of stories featuring achingly human characters whose lives intertwine with ghosts, goblins, and the macabre, by “one of Latin America’s most exciting authors”
-Silvia Moreno-Garcia

 

Praise for Mariana Enriquez

“Horror’s found its master.”
—Joy Williams

“The most exciting discovery I’ve made in fiction for some time.”
—Kazuo Ishiguro

“Mariana Enriquez is a mesmerizing writer who demands to be read.”
—Dave Eggers

“One of Latin America’s most exciting authors.”
—Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Mexican Gothic

“Mariana Enriquez is a visionary.”
—Jennifer Haigh, author of Mercy Street

“Mariana Enriquez is a masterful world-builder.”
—Sergio de la Pava, author of A Naked Singularity

 


 

Review

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About Mariana Enriquez

Mariana Enriquez is a writer based in Buenos Aires. In English, she has published the novel Our Share of Night and two story collections, Things We Lost in the Fire and The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, which was a finalist for the International Booker Prize, the Kirkus Prize, the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction.

 


Photo: © Florencia Cosin