“This is a deep, loving portrait of a country in peril and a young woman who must survive it on her own.
In disarming and sparse prose, Borgo seamlessly weaves an exploration of grief for a person, a people, and a home with the fact-based history of the Venezuelan economic crisis. Juxtaposed against surreal beauty and the nostalgic memories of life before her mother passed, Adelaida faces what her home has become: endless dark nights dotted with orange fires, a chorus of gunfire and the chaotic roving of militia.
As quickly as her home tipped from relative stability over the edge of thundering unrest, Adelaida’s future barrels forward. Her apartment no longer a refuge and her money spent – first on caring for and then on burying her mother – Adelaida must find a way to survive. She must do the unthinkable: make a life of her own.”
TW: violence, assault
In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcon stands over an open grave. Alone, except for harried undertakers, she buries her mother–the only family Adelaida has ever known.
Numb with grief, Adelaida returns to the apartment they shared. Outside the window that she tapes shut every night—to prevent the tear gas raining down on protesters in the streets from seeping inWhen looters masquerading as revolutionaries take over her apartment, Adelaida resists and is beatenup . It is the beginning of a fight for survival in a country that has disintegrated into violence and anarchy, where citizens are increasingly pitted against each other. But as fate would have it, Adelaida is given a gruesome choice that could secure her escape.