narrator is an uninhibited lover and a wickedly funny observer of modern life. Desperate to get out of Barcelona, she goes to
Brussels, ‘because a city whose symbol is a little boy pissing
was a city I knew I would like’; as an au pair in
Scotland, she develops a hatred of the colour green. And everywhere she goes,
she tries to break out of the roles set for her by family and society, chasing
escape wherever it can be found: love affairs, travel, thoughts of suicide.
Full of powerful, physical imagery, this
prize-winning debut novel by acclaimed Catalan poet Eva Baltasar was a
word-of-mouth hit in its own language. It is a breathtakingly forthright call
for women’s freedom to embrace both pleasure and solitude, and speaks boldly of
the body, of sex, and of the self.