Finalist for the Herralde Novel Prize
Two sisters return to the small parish of Tierra de Chá in Galicia after a long absence, to the former home of their grandfather, from which they fled when they were just children.
At Tierra de Chá, nothing and everything has changed: the people, the distant little house in the rain, the acrid smell of gorse, the flowers, the crops, the customs. Yet the return of the sisters disrupts the placid existence of the villagers, stirring up memories best left alone.
When news arrives that the famous American actress Ava Gardner will be shooting a movie in Spain and that lookalikes are wanted, the sisters have a chance to make their dreams come true. But the past is catching up with the present, and the family secrets that led to the Winterlings’ return won’t stay buried for long.
‘The haunting story of two witchy sisters who return to their late grandfather’s home in the Spanish village of their childhood … skilfully written and powerfully imaginative.’
Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald
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‘Gripping … With nods to magical realism and the American gothic tradition, [The Winterlings] follows a pair of sisters as they return to their deceased grandfather’s home in a Galician village – but their reappearance brings the insular parish’s dark secrets to the fore.’
‘A novel like The Winterlings refutes, by far, the so-called crisis of the genre … Under the splendid references of Valle-Inclán, Cunqueiro or the first Luis Mateo Díez, this novel is a tribute to the popular oral narrative. A novel shaped by intrigue, a perfect recreation of rural atmospheres, and a tempestuous past. A novel of disturbing humour, rigorous writing, and accomplished ambition.’
Jesús Ferrer, La Razón
‘Cristina-Sánchez-Andrade is, simply, one of the best writers in Spain. Her language is vastly rich. A memorable narration. A flawless and unusual novel.’
Xurxo Fernández, El Correo Gallego
‘An intoxicating introduction to [Cristina Sánchez-Andrade’s] work.’
Lucy Scholes, Bookanista