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.
‘Rich sensual prose perfectly conjured by Samuel Rutter’s evocative translation.’
Lucy Scholes, The National
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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.’
‘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.’
Sydney Morning Herald
‘An intoxicating introduction to [Cristina Sánchez-Andrade’s] work.’
Lucy Scholes, Bookanista