Restless is thrilled to publish the first English translation from the major Spanish novelist Cristina Sánchez-Andrade, who has been called “one of the most powerful female voices Spanish literature has produced” (La Razón). The Winterlings (Nov. 1, 2016) is Sánchez-Andrade's enchanting breakthrough novel, mixing the magic of 1950s-era Hollywood with the eery folklore of Spanish Galicia and the lingering smoke of the Spanish Civil War. After a childhood in exile, two odd sisters, known mysteriously as “The Winterlings,” return to their grandfather’s cottage in the Galician countryside and settle into the routines of rural living. When the sisters learn of nearby filming for Pandora and the Flying Dutchman and the call for Ava Gardner lookalikes, the chance to stand in for the most beautiful woman in the world divides their once-unified passion for Hollywood cinema and acting, threatening to sunder their close relationship. Meanwhile, the insular villagers gradually reveal themselves as grotesque (albeit charming) characters: a widow in perpetual mourning, a woman who never dies and the priest who climbs a steep hill daily to give her last rites, and a dentist who plants the teeth of the deceased in his patients’ mouths. But most unsettling of all is the revelation of the perverse business arrangement the townspeople have made with the girls’ departed grandfather.
Cristina will be visiting the U.S. Catch her at one of these events.
November 3: Cristina Sánchez-Andrade at Wagner College
November 3: Cristina Sánchez-Andrade at Instituto Cervantes New York with Lina Meruane (New York, NY)
November 8: Cristina Sánchez-Andrade at Syracuse University
November 14: Cristina Sánchez-Andrade at Instituto Cervantes Chicago (Chicago, IL)
November 15: Cristina Sánchez-Andrade at Prairie Lights (Iowa City, IA)