QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
A glittering, energetic novel set in the eccentric and decadent city of Buenos Aires, where three women discover their own kinds of awakenings.
Buenos Aires is a city of Parisian affectations and national anxiety, of amorous young lovers, seedy ports, flooded slums, and a dazzling social elite. And in this heady maze of contradiction and possibility are three women: Daisy, an American divorcée; Isolde, a beautiful, lonely Austrian; and Leonarda, a chameleonic Argentine with radical dreams of rebellion.
Against the throbbing backdrop of this shimmering city—a character in itself—Maxine Swann has created a stunning narrative of reawakened sensuality and compulsive desire that simultaneously explores with remarkable acuity themes of foreignness, displacement, and the trembling metamorphoses that arise from such states.
“Swann.vividly evokes the city and its lively, diverse, and conflicted social landscape, from the denizens of posh hotels to the unfortunate poor living in the city’s slums..Seductively hard to put down.” —The Boston Globe
“The city of Buenos Aires dazzles in this novel.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Atmospheric, evocative literary fiction that ruminates on what it means and how it feels to be foreign.” —Booklist
“Beautifully written, sensual, and seductive.” —Kirkus
ABOUT MAXINE SWANN
Maxine Swann, the author of Serious Girls and Flower Children, won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Ploughshares’ Cohen Award for Best Fiction of the Year, an O. Henry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize, and her work has been included in The Best American Short Stories of 1998 and 2006. She lives in Buenos Aires.