La Buena Suerte
by Rosa Montero
A moving story of love and atonement. Wakefield meets The Accidental Tourist in the depths of rural Spain.
Looking out of the window of a train during a brief stop at the station of a god-forsaken town in the middle of nowhere, run-down and absolutely ugly, a passenger notices a sign advertising a flat for sale. Pablo, 54, a prestigious architect from Madrid who is traveling to give a conference, decides that this hellhole is a good place to abandon himself to the pain that is eating him away. Without a second thought, Pablo leaves the train – and his previous life – and pays for the apartment in cash, a pigsty he settles into with just the basics, without informing his friends or his employees and with the sole purpose of disappearing.
His plans do not include meeting a woman as alien to his world as Raluca, a supermarket cashier and painter who loves kitsch artwork, and who is indestructible, despite how badly she has been treated by life. In her, Pablo will find the strength to start from scratch – as a supermarket shelf filler – and learn to face up to a family past cut short by evil in its purest expression.
Rights sold: Spanish (Alfaguara), French (Metailié) and Portuguese (Porto)
- "Rosa Montero demonstrates a total mastery of transforming the most personal issues into works of art." Le Figaro
- "She writes with almost the exact amount of closeness, with sincerity and passion but without making concessions." Miguel Dalmau, La Vanguardia
- "A thoroughbred novelist." Xuan Bello, El Comercio
Rosa Montero (Madrid, España, 1951) studied journalism and psychology at the Complutense University of Madrid. She is the author of a number of
works of fiction that have received multiple awards and been translated into twenty languages. In 2017, she was awarded the National Literature Prize by Spain’s Ministry of Culture in recognition of her career as a novelist, journalist, and essayist.
Copyright Rosa Montero 2020
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- Publisher/Imprint Penguin Random House / Alfaguara
- Publication Date August 2020
- ISBN/Identifier 9788420439457
- Publication Country or regionSpain
- Publish StatusUnpublished
- Copyright Year2020
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