"This bold and innovative novel. . . is a persuasive construction of the consciousness of a young woman wronged by the class system . . . superbly drawn." (Times Literary Supplement
"You would be forgiven for mistaking Clement's first novel for a book of poetry, such is its lyricism and lightness of touch; yet what we are given here is a narrative that not only pays tribute to Clement's background as a poet, but uses the tricks of the mast storyteller to delight and engross. Clement's simple lilting prose poetry belies a dark complexity hidden below the surface and draws the reader on to the book's chilling conclusion." (The Times
"This is an unusual and graceful book that, in beautiful and precise prose, tells of unimaginable human suffering and manages, in an unexpected climax, to suggest at least the possibility of redemption." (New Internationalist
"A lyrically told, deeply moving tale." (Sunday Tribune
"The unfolding emotional and physical complications are fraught with trauma, which the writer's particular style heightens into an emotionally wracking story." (Big Issue
About the Author
Jennifer Clement is a poet, biographer and novelist. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She was part of the NYC art scene during the early eighties but she now lives in Mexico City.
She was recently the recipient of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores, a grant awarded in Mexico for outstanding contributions to literature, whose previous recipients include Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz. She is also co-founder and director of the San Miguel Poetry Week.