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Publisher — New Directions Publishing
Date Published — March 31, 2020
ISBN — 9780811228039

Hurricane Season

Fernanda Melchor

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Publisher — New Directions Publishing
Date Published — March 31, 2020
ISBN — 9780811228039

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONALER LITERATURPREIS

 

The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse—by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals—propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering on new details, new acts of depravity or brutality, Melchor extracts some tiny shred of humanity from these characters that most would write off as utterly irredeemable, forming a lasting portrait of a damned Mexican village.

Like Roberto Bolano’s2666 or Faulkner’s greatest novels, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with mythology and violence—real violence, the kind that seeps into the soil, poisoning everything around: it’s a world that becomes more terrifying and more terrifyingly real the deeper you explore it.