From Library Journal
These two novellas by prize-winning Mexican author Garro are about love, loneliness, and desperation. The first novella takes place in France just after World War II. Two reclusive tourists, a mother and her small daughter, befriend a group of German prisoners whom they pass each day. The story develops around the love that both the mother and the daughter feel for one prisoner in particular and their willingness to defy public opinion on his behalf and on the behalf of his fellow prisoners. The second novella concerns the chance meeting and ensuing love affair between a young woman named Irene and the somewhat older Miguel, who are both part of the same elite social circle but who are nonetheless complete strangers to each other. Miguel knows nothing about Irene but believes her to be the antidote to his unhappy life. Both stories vividly depict the inner lives of their main characters. Well worth reading; recommended for all libraries.?Rebecca A. Stuhr, Grinnell Coll. Libs., Iowa
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"...extremely well written and competenly translated." -- Jerusalem Post
"Mexico's finest." -- Jerusalem Post
"The novellas' power comes...from their comelling depiction of the chaotic postwar world." -- American Book Review
"This small book stands out in the landscape of contemporary Mexican fiction." -- Dallas Morning News
"[Both stories] cover emotional affairs and present haunting scenarios of politics and change." -- Midwest Book Review