Hurricane Season

by: Fernanda Melchor

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Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor / ISBN 9780811230735 / The English-language debut of one of the most thrilling and accomplished young Mexican writers / 224-page paperback from New Directions

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Longlisted for the National Book Award

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Winner of the Internationaler Literaturpreis

New York Public Library Best Books of 2020

Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020

The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse has the whole village investigating the murder. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering on new details, new acts of depravity or brutality, Melchor extracts some tiny shred of humanity from these characters―inners whom most people would write off as irredeemable―forming a lasting portrait of a damned Mexican village.

Like Roberto Bolano’s 2666 or Faulkner’s novels, Hurricane Season takes place in a world saturated with mythology and violence―real violence, the kind that seeps into the soil, poisoning everything around: it’s a world that becomes more and more terrifying the deeper you explore it.

Fernanda Melchor, born in Veracruz, Mexico, in 1982, is widely recognized as one of the most exciting new voices of Mexican literature.

SOPHIE HUGHES has translated numerous Spanish-language authors, including José Revueltas and Fernanda Melchor for New Directions.