by Sara Mesa
translated from Spanish by Katie Whittemore

A simmering story of obsession and small-town unease in first UK publication from best-selling Spanish author.

Tense and beautiful like a crouching bird.

– Mariana Enríquez, author of Our Share of Night and The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

When I read Sara Mesa, I’m there in the Wild West, sifting through the sand. There is a restless enjoyment, an inhospitable beauty, in my sieve. And then something miraculous when gold appears before my eyes.

– Eva Baltasar, author of Boulder

An award-winning independent publisher of new voices and great books from around the world.

‘The foreign literature specialist.’

The Sunday Times

‘A class act.’

The Guardian


Every year Peirene publishes at least six books and sends them directly to subscribers. We search high and low for the most exciting voices from around the world, and introduce them to English-language readers. Subscribe now to get our new books ahead of publication and to support independent publishing. We offer four different types of subscription – our six-book subscription, our three-book novella subscription and single year gift subscriptions of both options – perfect for that surprise gift for a loved one.

Get it first

All our books are sent to subscribers 6-8 weeks before publication. You also receive free UK shipping on every subscription book and 15% off all further purchases.

Read more widely

We select the best writers and stories from around the world and publish them in English translation for curious readers. 

Proudly Independent

We rely on our subscribers to sustain our work. Their commitment empowers us to make bold editorial choices and plans for the future.


We are delighted to be joined later this month by Sara Mesa and Katie Whittemore for a three city UK tour, starting with an event at Hay Festival. We hope that our readers in Manchester, Edinburgh and London will join us for an evening of conversation to celebrate the launch of this excellent book. Book tickets via the link below.