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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories

"Several years ago, I read Things We Lost in the Fire and it blew me away. I was already on the edge of my seat to read this collection, and it does not disappoint. Mariana Enriquez sees ghosts, I am convinced, and maps their desires so that we the living might read and strive in vain to fully comprehend."

Rachel S.

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Author Mariana Enriquez
Publisher Hogarth
Publication Date 2021-01-12
Section New Hardcover - Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Rachel S.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780593134078

Following the “propulsive and mesmerizing” (New York Times Book ReviewThings We Lost in the Fire comes a new collection of singularly unsettling stories, by an Argentine author who has earned comparisons to Shirley Jackson and Jorge Luis Borges.

Mariana Enriquez has been critically lauded for her unconventional and sociopolitical stories of the macabre: populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women, they walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror. The stories in her next collection are as terrifying as they are socially conscious, and press into being the unspoken—fetish, illness, the female body, the darkness of human history—with unsettling urgency. A woman is sexually obsessed with the human heart; a lost, rotting baby crawls out of a backyard and into a bedroom; a pair of teenage girls can’t let go of their idol; an entire neighborhood is cursed to death by a question of morality they fail to answer correctly.

Written against the backdrop of contemporary Argentina, and with resounding tenderness towards those in pain, in fear, and in limbo, this new collection from one of Argentina’s most exciting writers finds Enriquez at her most sophisticated, and most chilling.

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