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The English-language debut of one of the most thrilling and accomplished young Mexican writers

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Winner of the Internationaler Literaturpreis

The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse - by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals - propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread. 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 that most would write off as utterly irredeemable, forming a lasting portrait of a damned Mexican village. 

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

©2016 Fernanda Melchor; English translation copyright 2020 Sophie Hughes (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Too vulgar for me

I chose this book due to being described as a murder mystery, but the culprits are revealed so early on theres no mystery left. I was forcing myself through it and felt sick at times by how vulgar and disturbing it was in its details. I didnt find any benefit at all to that level of disgusting information.

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  • 20-11-20

Wow

One of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read and I loved it, haha. It goes without saying that this story took a toll on my soul; with all the foul language, murder, rape, and just plan awfulness of the characters in the entire story. I was hook threw every chapter though. The narrator’s where fantastic and the author is one to look out for in more books she will write. I give this book the rating I gave it because it’s just raw, brutal, and an all around good read.

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  • Alissa | wildcaughtword
  • 15-12-20

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The Spanish names (characters) and Spanish words mixed into the story made the story difficult for me to follow. There was a witch, a murder and a lot of swears, sex and violence- that’s about all I am taking away from this book. However, the narration, and stream of concise style writing was enjoyable. The vulgarity was not an issue for me but it is excessive.

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