Monday, March 6, 2017
Review: Things we lost in the fire by Mariana Enriquez
An arresting collection of short stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar, by an exciting new international talent.
Macabre, disturbing and exhilarating, Things We Lost in the Fire is a collection of twelve short stories that use fear and horror to explore multiple dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina. From women who set themselves on fire in protest of domestic violence to angst-ridden teenage girls, friends until death do they part, to street kids and social workers, young women bored of their husbands or boyfriends, to a nine-year-old serial killer of babies and a girl who pulls out her nails and eyelids in the classroom, to hikikomori, abandoned houses, black magic, northern Argentinean superstition, disappearances, crushes, heartbreak, regret and compassion. This is a strange, surreal and unforgettable collection by an astonishing new talent asking vital questions of the world as we know it.
Madre de dios!
Thanks to blogging for books for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
Not going to lie, I was attracted to this book because of the cover and THEN because of the description!
The book consists of 12 different stories that are 12 shades of eerie. I am not one to read this type of genre, it is as a matter of fact probably the first book that I have read within this genre. And I was not disappointed. Then why the 3/5 because although I was not disappointed, the book was also not book of the year. Some of the stories seemed crazy stupid slow to me and I swear I simply wanted to skip them altogether. About half of the stories were binge worthy to me, the rest where skip worthy.