Private: Maria GUASCH

Els fills de Laguna Park

L´Altra Editorial, 2017


"Written with a precise coldness and a touch of a realism between lyrical and dirty ... Guasch is one of the most personal writers
of her generation ...» Vicenç Pagès Jordà, El Periódico.

«Guasch surrenders herself to the rigours of the genre with
generous helpings of detachment and sensitivity, tracing concentric circles around the emotions that slip by, barely noticed, hunting down moments to show that, for her, writing is a matter of stopping time in its tracks, not so as to make it eternal but rather to remind us of its fragility. In writing her first novel, the author displays a striking vitality and mastery of the literary toolkit.» Ponç Puigdevall, El País (on Olor de colonia sobre la roba)


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Thirty-two years of age and living with her brother, sister-in-law and nephew in the Barcelona neighbourhood of Guinardó, Clara has just started a new job as a teacher in prison.
The job might at first glance seem a safe haven from the world were it not for the fact that one of the inmates watches her as if they knew one another, and that woman’s gaze, silent and distant, worms its way into Clara’s day-to-day.  
That gaze brings with it other things. Gabriel, say, and with him all manner of adolescent desires and frustrations. Following his trail, Clara boards a night train heading back to the city of her teenage years, the city she called home at the ages of sixteen and seventeen. What could possibly entrap her there?
With this novel, Maria Guasch lays down a marker as one of the most invigorating and inspiring literary voices among the up-and-coming generation.