Laura FERRERO

La gente no existe

Alfaguara, 2021 | There's no such thing as people

Press

«The stories in La gente no existe narrate the intimate, what we are only capable of telling in whispers, what happens to us every day. And we slide through them, verifying that "the path of raw emotion that Ferrero has traveled is one that leads to great literature."» Manuel Vilas, author of Ordesa and Heaven

 «That was what I asked myself the first time I read it, if Laura Ferrero exists. But it exists and is getting better and better. Reading it makes you want to live.» Manuel Jabois, author of Miss Marte and Malaherba

 "Laura Ferrero portrays with elegance, wisdom and emotion the aching heart of a society that continues to hum the song of an old summer while accumulating, like unpaid bills, unfulfilled expectations and failures." Elvira Navarro, author of A Working Woman and Rabbit Island

«Elegant and precise, Ferrero has a gift for detecting that moment in which lives are broken or in which we realize that they were broken too long ago. And yet, it does not focus on a person crying, but rather gives birth to people who are trying to smile, that is, to live, despite sadness and disappointment and time. " Miqui Otero, author of the bestseller Simón

«Sharp, concise, naked: this is the writing of Laura Ferrero. His stories are the kind that leave their mark. " Eduardo Jordá, ABC Cultural

«The most anticipated book of the year: Laura Ferrero’s stunning stories.» Elena Hevia, El Periódico

«Laura Ferrero has the gift of getting into other people’s heads. Reading her reminds you of Raymond Carver, of Anne Sexton, of Alice Munro.» Núria Escur, La Vanguardia

“There's No Such Thing As People contains moving stories of tenderness, of broken people, of fear.» Ana Fernández Abad, S Moda, El País

«She is an excellent storyteller, as she already showed in Empty Pools (2016) and as we see again in There's No Such Thing As People. A splendid book to start the year.» Ascensión Rivas, El Cultural

Synopsis

(There's No Such Thing As People)

A woman falls in love with a neighbor because of how he takes care of the plants on his terrace. A man organizes a party with all his loved ones to celebrate the end of a long illness. A girl accompanies her mother to see apartments they can never afford to buy and a father takes his adopted daughter to meet her biological mother...

In these stories there is love and heartbreak. There is absence and guilt. There is hope. There are those who celebrate today and what is to come, and others who refer to live in expectations, where they feel protected. Those who can, forget. Or not at all. Or not always. Some do not believe they know what it is to exist or wish, or what makes a life a life. But does anyone know?

These stories narrate the intimate, what we are only able to tell in a low voice, what happens to us every day. And we slide through them, verifying that "the path of emotion without imposture that Ferrero has traveled is one of those that leads to great literature."