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'Cristina-Sanchez-Andrade is, simply, one of the best writers in Spain. Her language is vastly rich. A memorable narration. A flawless and unusual novel.' -El Correo GallegoGalicia, Spain's northwest region, in the 1950s. After a childhood in exile, two sisters return to their grandfather's cottage for the first time since his shocking murder during the civil war. 'The Winterlings' try to keep their dark secrets buried and carve out a peaceful existence in Tierra de Cha, an idyllic village host to a cast of grotesque but charming characters: a powerful psychic, a madman who believes he is a bus, a woman who refuses to die and the obese priest who heaves up a steep hill each day to give her last rites, a cross-dressing dentist who plants the teeth of the deceased in his patients' mouths. Tension mounts when the sisters, once united by their passion for Hollywood cinema, compete for the chance to stand in for Ava Gardner in the nearby filming of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. Meanwhile, a mutual suspicion develops between the mysterious sisters and the eccentric villagers: Why have the women returned, and what are they hiding? What perverse business arrangement did the townspeople make with their grandfather, and why won't they speak of his death? Enchanting as a spell, The Winterlings blends Spanish oral tradition, Latin American magic realism, and the American gothic fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Shirley Jackson into an intoxicating story of romance, violent history, and the mysterious forces that move us.
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