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Things We Lost in the Fire
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories | Mariana Enriquez
An arresting collection of short stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar, by an exciting new international talent. From the Hardcover edition.
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TheReadingCompanion
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If you haven‘t read Mariana Enrique‘s collection of literary gothic horror set in Argentina you are missing out! It is the best book I have read all year, an utterly gripping and layered collection. I must reread it in Spanish. I cannot wait to read more by her.

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TheReadingCompanion
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Definitely read this if you like horror or literary fiction! It‘s amazing.

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aeeklund
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Hello #groupl for #round7 of #lmpbc! Here are a few works in translation I‘ve been eyeing for a while. The tagged book is a collection of short stories; Memory Police is nominated for the National Book Award this year; the other two have been hanging around my TBR for a long time because they sound really interesting. Let me know your thoughts; I‘ve tagged the others below. Excited for this round! @rachelm @lele1432 @Carolyn11215

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Carolyn11215 The Memory Police sounds amazing! 2mo
rachelm Ditto Memory Police! 2mo
lele1432 I was thinking of doing Things We Lost in the Fire as an option myself, so I'm really interested in that one! But Memory Police sound amazing as well! 2mo
aeeklund @lele1432 You could still pick Things We Lost in the Fire, if you want! I‘ll go for Memory Police. (Cc: @Carolyn11215 & @rachelm ) 2mo
lele1432 Sounds good!! 2mo
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mdemanatee
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Rereading this on audio for book club because I am in the middle of another book I am enjoying and don‘t want to pause. Also as I count this as one of my favorite shot story collections of the last five years or so I figure I can always throw more money at it and I am interested in how it translates to audio.

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cindymortiz
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I enjoyed these unsettling horror stories. You can see the influence of Argentina‘s past- the disappearances, the police presence, etc. There is an uncertainty as to whether the horror is due to something supernatural (Demons? Spirits? Ghosts?) or due to other human beings. Feminism is a theme that occurs in multiple stories. I recommend reading this rather than listening to the audiobook.

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decembersveryown
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Jumping to another collection and wow, the first story, “The Dirty Kid” is unsettling! I definitely can see how it‘s compared to Shirley Jackson! The writing is definitely captivating.

I‘ll be reading Mariana Enriquez‘ book in both English and Spanish and having just read the first one in English, I‘ll now be reading it in Spanish. I‘ll then switch the order for the second and read it in Spanish first and establish a pattern from there. 😅📚🤓

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Bookish.SAM
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Ran through most of it on a Sunday afternoon. Loved it all, which is rarely the case for me with a short story collection. There were creepy and gory tales and mingled in, horrors that can befall those living in rough, poverty stricken areas. The stories definitely had an impact. Loved the Argentinian backdrop. Shouldn‘t have read ‘The Neighbour‘s Courtyard‘ before bed 😱
Would 100% recommend, as long as you‘re Ok with the macabre.

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IuliaCG
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A wonderul twelve story collection capturing the Argentinian spirits folklore at the border of gothic fantasy

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sofiaga
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2018 was a rollercoaster and I sort of disappeared from social media. I really enjoy Litsy recommendations so I plan to share more of my reads this year. Argentinan author Mariana Enriquez is my first pick for 2019

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cocomass
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I took this selfie Wednesday morning. You can see the smoke from the fires is obscuring what is usually a beautiful view of the San Francisco skyline. Since then it‘s actually gotten worse—this morning all I could see was the beacon at the top of the Salesforce Tower.

This is a #friyayintro post but also a reminder the fires are ongoing. Some ideas on how to help: https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/how-to-help-california-wildfires-1203026928/

Bookishgal71 We are in Palo Alto and we can see the smoke in the air here, too. 😩 13mo
riversong153 So sorry CA is going through this 13mo
BarbaraBB So sorry for you. 💜 13mo
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MicheleinPhilly Ugh. I don‘t even want to “like” this photo. It‘s so heartbreaking. 😞 13mo
JSW I just cancelled my weekend plans up there. It‘s bad in Santa Cruz but not at this level yet. 😞😷 13mo
squirrelbrain So awful for you, stay safe ❤️ 13mo
BooksForEmpathy Hiiii. So smokey that schools are canceled. It‘s really bad in the mission too. Really devastating. And it will just keep happening, too. 13mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 13mo
GypsyKat My heart breaks for everyone affected by this. Stay safe! 💙 13mo
CoffeeNBooks I am soooo sorry everyone in CA is having to deal with this!! So sad! 13mo
sprainedbrain So heartbreaking. I wish I could do more for you all! ❤️ 13mo
derr.liz Downtown looked post-apocalyptic today. Scary times. Planning to stay indoors reading all weekend to avoid the smoky air as much as possible! 😷🌉❤️ 13mo
Chelleo Thanks for the link! Stay safe. (edited) 13mo
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Laughterhp
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This book is weird. I‘m not a huge fan of short stories, but I was able to get sucked into these. It‘s said that fans of Shirley Jackson and Kelly Link would like this book. A lot of these stories were about every day terrors with gothic horror thrown in. Every story had a very weird element.

#pop18 - Book with song lyrics (the title is a Bastille song)
#readharderchallenge - genre book of translation
#readingwomenchallenge - Translated book

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Laughterhp
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So, I‘ve been trying to participate in #13in3 this weekend. I‘ve gotten almost 5 hours of reading in for Friday and Saturday.

I‘ve been switching between these 2 books. I‘m not a huge fan of short stories, but I‘ve been able to get into these.

Also, I love that Night Film has “webpages” and pictures and stuff throughout the book.

Samplergal That‘s a great total so far. 13mo
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Laughterhp
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Here‘s my #LibraryBookHaul - I have 22 books I have to read before the end of the year to finish almost all of my challenges!

Plus all the other books I want/need to read for my book clubs!

Luckily most of these look small, so hopefully I‘ll get through them quickly!

mreads For some reason The Pinks caught my eye, looks interesting. 13mo
Laughterhp @mreads It‘s my Western pick for the Read Harder Challenge. Its about the first women Pinkerton agents. 13mo
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ohyeahthatgirl
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Happy Women in Translation month! The tagged book is one of my favorite translated works and the other is next on my TBR. Both are surreal, unsettling short story collections and also feminist as fuck. #witmonth #weirdatlast

ohyeahthatgirl This is the other book. 1y
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Andrea4
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#audiobook #shortstories
Another fantastically creepy short story collection by a female author! This Argentinian holds nothing back in her collection, except, IMO, what might be considered "resolved" endings and I LOVE it!!
These stories, as the title may suggest, are filled with disappearances; things that once were and are now not and conversely, things that once were not and are again.
Oooh ~~~chills~~~

Ingerella Sound very intriguing! 1y
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translationspod
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The first official episode is now out. In which I am talking with my wife about the Argentinian short story collection Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez (translated by Megan McDowell) #WomenInTranslation

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GhostStories
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Genuinely disturbing and frightening. Nothing is off limits to Enriquez, and while the suspense and supernatural elements were creepy, what really disturbs is the reality of some of the everyday horrors she describes and how we are immured to them. Loved this collection! Will read again.

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ofbooksandme
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1. Harry Potter
2. Between The Handmaid's Tale and Things we lost in the fire (by Mariana Enriquez)
3. Black Jack Randall. And I thought I couldn't hate him more but then Tobias Meneziez came along.
4. Twilight or 50 shades. But I guess those are not really goodrated (?)
@JenLovesBooksRN

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Knowledgelost
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My pick for best book of 2017. This collection of short stories is just sublime.

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Lacythebookworm
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Happy Tuesday! I‘m loving these short stories - a little dark and creepy, but amazing nonetheless. Three left so I should finish up today.

Cinfhen I thought I‘d stack this already....I‘m sort of intrigued by this one 2y
Lacythebookworm @Cinfhen I love the anticipation of each new story! I can‘t wait to see where she will take it and the Argentinian setting is perfect 👌 2y
Cinfhen Good to know ! Thanks😁 2y
DimeryRene Love the mug! 2y
Lacythebookworm @DimeryRene Thank you! 😊 2y
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cocomass
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I spent the holiday with my relatives in Sonoma County, California. Many of you probably know this community was ravaged by fires just last month; some of my most loved ones were affected, having lost homes and all of their possessions. Yet, on Thanksgiving, we were truly thankful. Thankful for family. Thankful for resilience. Sonoma is forever strong.

#HappyThanksgiving #cousins #SonomaStrong

BooksForEmpathy ❤️❤️❤️. 2y
Cinfhen 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🙌🏻to family (edited) 2y
AmyG Happy Thanksgiving to you. What a lovely picture. I am happy your family is well. ❤️ 2y
Nute Life can be tough. Family and good friends are definitely the key for getting through hard times. Many prayers for your family and all the folks residing in Sonoma County. 2y
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cocomass
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I loved this super creepy, highly feminist collection of horror stories in translation. They‘re definitely not for the squeamish, but I know some will stick with me for a long time. 4.5/5 stars

(As a side note, it was super weird that the reader for this #audiobook was the same as Rebecca Solnit‘s Hope in the Dark, which I listened to this year as well. VERY different subject matter 😂)

#screamathon #hoopla

AmyG I had no idea this was a book of horror stories. 2y
gibblr I didn't know they were creepy horror stories either. Will bump up on my list now! 2y
cocomass @amyg @gibblr neither did I! I put it on my TBR earlier this year and came back to because of its festive cover. Turned out to be a great choice for an October read ☺️ 2y
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cocomass
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Listening to these scary #shortstories for #screamathon. 😱

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v_cuev
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When I picked this book up I had no idea so many of these stories were in the horror genre. I enjoyed them a lot and many gave me the creeps. I might try to reread this at some point in Spanish.

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pocketmermaid
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Finally started this today! I've had the galley forever.

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charl08
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If you like your short stories creepy... (from the translator's afterword).

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BooksForYears
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#FallIntoBooks Day 7 - South American Writers

A few of my favorite South American authors: Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia), Alejandro Zambra (Chile), and Mariana Enriquez (Argentina).

GondorGirl That background fabric (or whatever it is) is AMAZING! 💟 2y
BooksForYears @GondorGirl Thanks! The fabric *may* be my weekend-lounge sweatpants 😎 2y
GondorGirl @BooksForYears That makes it even better! 😂 2y
Zelma The fact that the llamas are pants is even better! 😍 2y
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sofiaga
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So I went back to the Book Fair today, but only because one of my favorite indie bookstores got this book today. The review by @thereadingwomen podcast convinced me that I had to read it and I am lucky and get to read Maria Henriquez in her native Spanish language.

thereadingwomen So lucky to be able to read it in its original language! 2y
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thereadingwomen
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This quote from the title story "Things We Lost in the Fire." We spent some time unpacking this story and it's themes. Check it out on Ep. 28

readingwomenpodcast.com/episode-directory/

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Caterina
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The dog (Pippin) and I are taking some self-care time on the couch with some #audiostitching. He is very pleased. 😊 #dogsoflitsy #bostonterriersoflitsy

Alfoster Nice!👏👏👏👏😍 2y
drokka Looks like it's nearly done 😀 2y
TheLibrarian Looks great! 2y
DeleteAcct Pretty! 2y
Wife 😍 2y
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leslieisreading
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This was a very weird, creepy, occasionally gory collection of stories. I liked it a lot, but I don't particularly recommend the audio book. I think the narrator is probably good in general, but she was not the right fit for this book. For a book by an Argentinian author, set in Argentina, the narration made it sound like it was set in any given white space in the US.

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leslieisreading
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These stories are so weird, I love it!

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leslieisreading
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I listened to the first story on my walk today. Initial impressions specific to the audio: the narrator is doing a capable job, but I wish she didn't sound so very white.

Caterina YES. I just listened to the first story today and I also wish she didn't sound so white. 2y
leslieisreading @Caterina I liked the stories but they really picked the wrong narrator. She sounded like she is probably a good narrator in general, but she was a really bad fit. 2y
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leslieisreading
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Starting a new audiobook. I love this cover!

Megabooks 😍😍 2y
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verovsky
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Currently reading

Short horror stories from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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dariazeoli
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Mehso-so

I wish I liked this book more than I did. I had to skip through some of the more violent stories; mutilation and I don't do well together.

Enriquez is a strong writer. I'd be interested in less violent work from her.

merelybookish Agreed. Her writing is strong but it's not my genre... 2y
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LubicaP
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Creepy but beautifully written. Interestingly, it echoes several of the themes Samantha Schweblin has mentioned as important in her own work. I wonder if that's a trend in Argentinian fiction in general or a trend in what gets translated for the anglophone market. Definitely worth a read.

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mdemanatee
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Mom came to visit for a couple days which is gonna cut into my reading time. But she's asleep after a day that involved walking 9-10 miles and I am trying to finish up these beauties.

EvieBee Those are amazing walking stats! 2y
mdemanatee @EvieBee84 And it was a beautiful day! 2y
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mdemanatee
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I thought I was gonna go straight through with the Sarah J Mass but I either need a break or a day I can read it straight through. So I am gonna mix it up with these stories. Also the cover looks like what Chicago felt like today.

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feministtexican
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SeeJulieRead
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Next stop for my #readtheworld challenge = Argentina! 🇦🇷

BooksForYears I received an ARC of this and loved it so much that I bought a finished copy. So good! 3y
Mel Just finished it - her writing is amazing :) 3y
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Howardsimmons
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It's been a very long time since I read a short story collection that didn't feel repetitive. Every story in this book is horrifying and compelling and amazingly written. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Aluciddreamstate
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4/5🌟many of the stories were haunting, but short stories is a new genre for me. I always feel a little short changed with them. Would recommend though. Maybe I just need more exposure to short story collections. What are your favorites?

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Collections are hit or miss for me, but this was a book full of hits: 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading this along with some Goodreads friends. Hoopla has the audio so I'm hoping that helps with my short story problem. The first story, "Dirty Kid," was pretty interesting and dark!
#hoopla

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RealLifeReading
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Alrighty the kids are in bed and quiet (wore them out with nearly two hours in the playground this afternoon), and I'm ready to do some reading of short stories and rewatching of Gilmore Girls!

BookInMyHands I'm getting ready to do the same, only the kids aren't quite so worn out... 3y
Caroline2 Ah I love rewatching Gilmore Girls! 😍 3y
Yanes Enjoy your private time ☺ 3y
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maich Gilmore girls❤ 3y
RealLifeReading @BookInMyHands hope bedtime was an easy one! 3y
RealLifeReading @Caroline2 such a great show! 3y
RealLifeReading @Yanes precious indeed! 😀 3y
RealLifeReading @maich so good!! 3y
melbeautyandbooks Love Gilmore Girls! 3y
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BraveNewBooks
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Getting ready for #readathon! (I like to have lots of options!) @DeweysReadathon 📖📚📚📚📚📚🥂

ReadingSusan Are those Agatha Christie graphic novels 😱😱 3y
BraveNewBooks @ReadingSusan YES!!! I found them at a Half Price Books and HAD to have them. 3y
BraveNewBooks Also the Wrinkle in Time graphic novel is near the bottom! 3y
4thhouseontheleft I had no idea there were Agatha Christie graphic novels! 😃 3y
BraveNewBooks @readingsusan @4thhouseontheleft I'll be sure to post a pic of the artwork during readathon 3y
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dixi_e
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This book is brilliant. I cannot remember the last time I was so desperate to discuss a book. Each story is unique yet all are gothic, supernatural twists indirectly related to history and contemporary life. I cannot rave enough about this book. The audiobook was fabulous. Read. This. Book.

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Ja_Mez
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A collection of short, dark, and macabre stories set in Argentina by Mariana Enríquez. If you're looking to expand your reading palate, then definitely check this one out for its chilling commentary.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1965792170

#bookstagram #booksandcoffee #books #bookreview #booknerd #librarything #arc #advancereaderscopy #thingswelostinthefire #marianaenríquez

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merelybookish
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For the women in these stories set in Argentina, evil cannot be kept at bay. It seeps into their lives in the form of druggies, murderers, assholes as well as ghosts, spirits, and voices in the head. Every story left me in suspense, wondering what's real and what might happen next.
Horror is not a genre I enjoy, and I was grossed out in parts, but the writing is strong and the cliffhanger endings were deftly done. Currently on Hoopla.

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Mel
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Just picked this one up today! #AprilBookShowers #womenintranslation

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