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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed
Stories
By (author): Mariana Enriquez Translated by: Megan McDowell
9780593134078 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Jan 12, 2021
$36.00 CAD
Active 5.74 x 8.52 x 0.8 in | 0.76 lb 208 pages Random House Hogarth
Following the “propulsive and mesmerizing” (New York Times Book Review) Things We Lost in the Fire comes a new collection of singularly unsettling stories, by an Argentine author who has earned comparisons to Shirley Jackson and Jorge Luis Borges.

Mariana Enriquez has been critically lauded for her unconventional and sociopolitical stories of the macabre: populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women, they walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror. The stories in her next collection are as terrifying as they are socially conscious, and press into being the unspoken—fetish, illness, the female body, the darkness of human history—with unsettling urgency. A woman is sexually obsessed with the human heart; a lost, rotting baby crawls out of a backyard and into a bedroom; a pair of teenage girls can’t let go of their idol; an entire neighborhood is cursed to death by a question of morality they fail to answer correctly.

Written against the backdrop of contemporary Argentina, and with resounding tenderness towards those in pain, in fear, and in limbo, this new collection from one of Argentina’s most exciting writers finds Enriquez at her most sophisticated, and most chilling.

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

Mariana Enriquez is a writer and editor based in Buenos Aires, where she contributes to a number of newspapers and literary journals, both fiction and nonfiction.

Author Residence: Buenos Aires

Publicity: National/local review and feature print attention

Online review and feature attention

NPR campaign

Author interviews out of Buenos Aires

Book & author festival outreach

Social Media Campaign

­­­­“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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