Aixa de la Cruz is a young Basque writer. Very talented, just outstanding. This is a crisis novel that is simultaneously a female Bildungsroman, and as if that weren’t enough to bring me into reading paradise, it also has ETA and Basque nationalism in it. Every single box on my list of research interests is checked. It’s creepy. Plus, the novel is very well-written.
I’m very, very impressed. This is a good reading year for me. I’m discovering fantastic new writers both in the serious literature I read and in the mystery / police procedural genre I read for fun. (I also just finished a debut mystery by a writer called Lexie Elliott, and I enjoyed it inordinately.)