Dogs of Summer: Andrea Abreu

£14.99

High in the mountains of northern Tenerife, the sun hides behind a seemingly endless ceiling of cloud cover that traps the region’s inhabitants in an abject, infernal heat. There, in a ramshackle village far from the island’s glamorous beach resorts, two adolescent girls pass a treacherous summer in each other’s all-consuming company.

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Translated by Julia Sanches.

‘A rich and prophetic world of women and low, grey clouds that merge with the sea. Pure poetry’ Pilar Quintana
‘Andrea Abreu is a lively meteorite in the landscape of Hispanic Literature’ Fernanda Melchor
‘I am overwhelmed. What a marvellous book, what a miracle’ Sara Mesa

It is June and our ten-year-old heroine is sad. She knows she will not get to leave her neighbourhood that summer, and the beach is far, far away. And that clouds like the bottom of a donkey’s belly will hover all summer over her town, high among the volcanoes of northern Tenerife. But she has a best friend, Isora.

And she likes everything about Isora. The colour of her arms and her hair and her eyes. Her handwriting and the way she writes the letter g with a huge tail. The way she calls her Shit because poop is a beautiful thing like the mist round the pines.

But she envies her too. Envies her grits and gut. The way she talks to grown-ups. The fact that she has got her period and pubes on her minky.

As the summer goes on, she finds it increasingly hard to keep up with Isora – growing up at full tilt without her. When the narrator’s submissiveness veers into obsession, desire becomes indistinguishable from intimate violence.

Braiding prose poetry with bachata lyrics and the gritty humour of Canary dialect, Dogs of Summer is a brutal picture of girlhood in the nineties and a story of a friendship that simmers into erotic desire over the course of one hot summer.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 21.8 × 14.2 × 2.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

176

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

863.7 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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