Paradais by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes

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Author of the acclaimed novel Hurricane Season, Fernanda Melchor leads us into a different kind of hell: paradise.

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“I just—wow. Stunning.

Let’s first agree that these two characters are despicable. We are not to pity them or their choices; we are to understand the society in which they exist and meet and choose.
The narrative is stream of consciousness with no clear exits, which is exactly how the boys feel. It is relentlessly desperate and cruel, each boy’s resentment over what they lack and feel they’re entitled to—sex, money, desirability—splayed across the page in turns of phrase as sharp and violent as the macabre plot.

This is a brutal portrait of luxury and poverty, of the racism, sexism, and classism that precipitate reckless and despairing violence. Somehow neither gratuitous nor sensationalized, this striking and (thankfully) slim book will stick with you.”

<3Miranda

Author of the acclaimed novel Hurricane Season, Fernanda Melchor leads us into a different kind of hell: paradise.

Inside a luxury housing complex, two misfit teenagers sneak around and get drunk. Franco Andrade, lonely, overweight, and addicted to porn, obsessively fantasizes about seducing his neighbor—an attractive married woman and mother—while Polo dreams about quitting his grueling job as a gardener within the gated community and fleeing his overbearing mother and their narco-controlled village. Each facing the impossibility of getting what he thinks he deserves, Franco and Polo hatch a mindless and macabre scheme.

Written in a chilling torrent of prose by one of our most thrilling new writers, Paradais explores the explosive fragility of Mexican society—with its racist, classist, hyperviolent tendencies—and how the myths, desires, and hardships of teenagers can tear life apart at the seams.

Paradais by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes
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