El funeral de Lolita

Lolita's funeral | Lumen, 2018

The much awaited debut from the influential, controversial poet and journalist.

«I’m not even sure if you’re still alive, but I had to tell you: Roberto died this morning in...» Helena reads the message from Rocío, her former classmate, and her heart skips a beat. Much like the day on which she realised she had fallen in love with her literature teacher. Now, the time has come to face up to his death and her memories. Helena is no stranger to death (she has lost her parents, in very different circumstances), but Roberto’s passing will awaken all the old ghosts.

Waiting for her at the funeral home is not only Rocío, to whom Helena handed over her diary many years ago, but also Laura, Roberto’s widow, who insists on inviting her home. A young, widely acclaimed and controversial restaurant critic, Helena is well used to analysing, recommending and denouncing flavours and dishes, but is at a loss when it comes to her own life. In the Alcalá de Henares of her birth, far from the magazine where she plies her trade and from her partner, as memories assail her from all sides and her stomach churns, she will have to make up her mind.

Lolita’s Funeral bears witness to Luna Miguel’s tremendous gift for choosing the right word, the hallmark of her poetry, and reveals her to be a magnificent storyteller.

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