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Virtual Event with Pilar Quintana at Tombolo Books
December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Virtual Event with Pilar Quintana, author of The Bitch at Tombolo Books in St. Petersburg, FL
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Eastern time
National Book Award Finalist Pilar Quintana joins Tombolo Books for an exciting discussion about her latest release, The Bitch. Winner of the English PEN Award, The Bitch “weaves human nature and the chaos of the universe together with extraordinary mastery” (Gabriela Aleman).
“The brutal scenes unfold quickly, with lean, stinging prose. Quintana’s vivid novel about love, betrayal, and abandonment hits hard.” ―*starred* Publishers Weekly review
Colombia’s Pacific coast, where everyday life entails warding off the brutal forces of nature. In this constant struggle, nothing is taken for granted. Damaris lives with her fisherman husband in a shack on a bluff overlooking the sea. Childless and at that age “when women dry up,” as her uncle puts it, she is eager to adopt an orphaned puppy. But this act may bring more than just affection into her home. The Bitch is written in a prose as terse as the villagers, with storms—both meteorological and emotional–lurking around each corner. Beauty and dread live side by side in this poignant exploration of the many meanings of motherhood and love.
Pilar Quintana is a Colombian author. She debuted with Cosquillas en la lengua in 2003, and published Coleccionistas de polvos raros in 2007, the same year the Hay Festival selected her as one of the most promising young authors of Latin America. Her latest novel, The Bitch, won the prestigious Colombian Biblioteca de Narrativa Prize, and was selected for several Best Books of 2017 lists, as well as being chosen as one of the most valuable objects to preserve for future generations in a marble time capsule in Bogotá. The Bitch is the first of her works to be translated into English.