FIRST COLLECTION EARNED RAVE REVIEWS: Things We Lost in the Fire was beloved by the NYTBR, Vanity Fair (“phenomenal”), the Financial Times (“Her ghosts are not conventional spectres, by any means”); The Rumpus (“a searing, striking portrait of the social fabric of Argentina”), among many other publications and writers (including George Saunders and Kelly Link). It appeared on 8 Best-of-Year lists.
FOR THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF MACHADO FANS: This collection is very much in the vein of Carmen Maria Machado’s wildly successful and prize-winning Her Body and Other Parties. There’s certainly a hungry readership for short stories that crack open social consciousness and upend horror tropes; Machado has sold nearly 100,000 copies, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
WITH A NOVEL ON THE WAY: Mariana Enriquez’s untitled novel is scheduled to be published by Hogarth in 2021. It will follow the history of a cult that has been persecuted by the Argentine government since the 1950s, narrated by three female members of the organization.
Praise for Things We Lost in the Fire: “Enriquez’s stories are historically aware and class-conscious, but her characters never avail themselves of sentimentalism or comfort. She’s after a truth more profound, and more disturbing, than whatever the strict dictates of realism allow….[P]ropulsive and mesmerizing, laced with vivid descriptions of the grotesque…and the darkest humor.”—New York Times Book Review; “…[S]lim but phenomenal…in [Enriquez’s] hands, the country’s inequality, beauty, and corruption tangle together to become a manifestation of our own darkest thoughts and fears. The spookiness of these 12 stories sets into the reader’s mind like a jet stone, sparkling through all that darkness.”—Vanity Fair; “Things We Lost in the Fire is a searing, striking portrait of the social fabric of Argentina and the collective consciousness of a generation affected by a particular stew of history, religion and imagination. Mariana Enriquez has a truly unique voice and these original, provocative stories will leave a lasting imprint.”—The Rumpus
“After you’ve lived in Mariana Enriquez’s marvelous brain for the time it takes to read The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, the known world feels ratcheted a few degrees off-center. Enriquez’s stories are smoky, carnal, and dazzling.”—Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
“Rotting little ghosts, heartbeat fetishes, curses and witches and meat: Each of these stories is a luscious, bewitching nightmare. Each one builds up a steady, thrilling dread—until the final lines, when the true horror is revealed. I adore this book.”—Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers
“I loved these twisted tales, these lustful whispers in the dark. There is some serious power in this writing.”—Daisy Johnson, author of Sisters
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