A NovelBook - 2020
Set in an unnamed slum in contemporary Argentina, Earth-eater is the story of a young woman who finds herself drawn to eating the earth - a compulsion that gives her visions of broken and lost lives. With her first taste of dirt, she learns the horrifying truth of her mother's death. Disturbed by what she witnesses, the woman keeps her visions to herself. But when Earth-eater begins an unlikely relationship with a withdrawn police officer, word of her ability begins to spread, and soon desperate members of her community beg for her help, anxious to uncover the truth about their own loved ones. Surreal and haunting, spare yet complex, Earth-eater is a dark, emotionally resonant tale told from a feminist perspective that brilliantly explores the stories of those left behind - the women enduring the pain of uncertainty, whose lives have been shaped by violence and loss.
Publisher: New York : HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins, .
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xiv, 206 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Earth eater
From Library Staff
A woman from an underprivileged region of contemporary Argentina teams up with a withdrawn police officer when she develops uncontrollable pica that triggers visions of murdered and missing people, including her own mother.
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