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Publisher's Summary

Called a Spanish Gothic, this haunting tale of a girl and her bizarre family life during the Franco regime in Spain is available for the first time in English. As 18-year-old Andrea stuggles to transition into adulthood, so does her country.
©1945 Carmen Loforte; (P)2007 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Laforet's moody and sepulchral debut novel, a 1945 Spanish cult classic, has been given new life by acclaimed translator [Edith] Grossman." (Publishers Weekly)

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Wonderful Read

The narrator was very wonderful and brought each and every character to life. She was also very good at expressing each emotion within the book. I'd recommend this audible read to anyone.

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One of the best books I've read in awhile!

I recommend this book to everyone. It has captured character essence in a way that seems surreal. I didn't want to bookmark, I wanted to know what happens next. I had found myself being able to relate to some of the characters and enjoyed the transition of this nada to somewhere Andrea can create herself. It's an uplifting story despite the odd descriptions- listen to it! You will not regret to be taken into this world.

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  • Cedar Falls,, IA USA
  • 01-09-12

Written in 1945; Still Imperative Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Coming of age story as real today as it was in 1945. Written at a time when war had ravaged Barcelona, a wealthy family suffers the humiliations of poverty. Their niece, an orphan, 18 years old, struggles to grow up without the scars of the family and the war
destroying her search for identity. This is a

Who was your favorite character and why?

Andrea is a fighter for her dignity and a new post-war life.

Which character – as performed by Alma Cuervo – was your favorite?

Alma Cuervo made each character distinctive, all were individual and remarkable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

No idea

Any additional comments?

Read this classic.