Seven Empty Houses: Winner of the National Book Award for Translated Literature, 2022
* An Oprah Daily Book of 2022 *
A blazing new story collection that will make you feel like the house is collapsing in on you, from the three-time International Booker Prize finalist, 'lead[ing] a vanguard of Latin American writers forging their own 21st-century canon.' –O, the Oprah magazine
Cross the threshold of these seven empty houses and enter the dark, destabilising world of Samanta Schweblin. Here, homes are not a place of safety. A person is missing, or a truth, or memory; some rooms are enticing, some unmoored, others empty. And in these tense, visionary tales, something always creeps back in: a ghost, a fight, trespassers, a list of things to do before you die, or the fallibility of parents.
Seven Empty Houses offers an entry point into a fiercely original mind. In each story, the twists and turns will unnerve and surprise: Schweblin never takes the expected path and instead digs under the skin and reveals uncomfortable truths about our sense of home, of belonging, and of the fragility of our connections with others. This is a masterwork from one of our most brilliant modern writers.
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