One in Me I Never Loved Paperback by Carla Guelfenbein

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One in Me I Never Loved Paperback by Carla Guelfenbein

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  • Publisher: Other Press (2021-12-28)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9781590518724
  • Item Weight: 141.75 grams
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.0 x 0.4 cm

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A poignant collage of stories of women young and old, this novel from an Alfaguara Prize–winning author explores both the need to be seen and the need to disappear.

In present-day New York, Margarita grapples with insecurities on her fifty-sixth birthday. She feels neglected by her husband, and suspects he’s having an affair with one of his students. Mysteries surrounding two friends offer both a distraction and unexpected insight:
    Anne, the concierge of her apartment building, has suddenly vanished without a trace, leaving Anne’s mother to confront a long-held secret.
    Juliana, now in her eighties, is eager to find the woman who changed the course of her life more than sixty years ago.
    With a seamless blend of reality and fiction, Carla Guelfenbein takes us back to the 1940s to provide answers, drawing on the intimate letters that Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral wrote to her lover and executor, Doris Dana, in the years after their first meeting at Barnard College. Struggling under the weight of Gabriela’s intense attachment, the much younger Doris enjoys a passionate night of sex and alcohol with a childhood friend while they’re apart.
    Far from the chaste, self-sacrificing image imposed on Mistral after her death because she never married, the characters of One in Me I Never Loved reflect womanhood in all its complexities, challenging the limits on their freedom and sexuality.

About the Author

Carla Guelfenbein studied biology at Essex University. She also studied graphic design at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. Back in Chile she worked as Art director in BBDO, and fashion editor at ELLE. She is the author of the novels El revés del alma, La mujer de mi vida, El resto es silencio, Nadar desnudas, Contigo en la distancia, and a number of short stories which have appeared in important magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into 14 languages by the most prestigious editorial houses in Europe. Guelfenbein is one of the last best-selling phenomenas of the Chilean narrative. Her second novel ousted Dan Brown in the top of the ranking. Contigo en la distancia won the important Alfaguara prize, and was simultaneously launched in Spain and Latin America.

Neil Davidson is a newspaper columnist, essayist, and translator. He has published collections of his columns as well as El ceño radiante, a biographical study of Gerard Manley Hopkins with new translations of the poems. Originally from the United Kingdom, he now lives in Chile.


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