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Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic


Book Overview: Mexican Gothic

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "It's Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird."--The Guardian


ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, The Washington Post, Tordotcom, Marie Claire, Vox, Mashable, Men's Health, Library Journal, Book Riot, LibraryReads

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . . From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes "a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror" (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She's not sure what she will find--her cousin's husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She's a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she's also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin's new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi's dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family's youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family's past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family's once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

"It's as if a supernatural power compels us to turn the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic."--The Washington Post

"Mexican Gothic is the perfect summer horror read, and marks Moreno-Garcia with her hypnotic and engaging prose as one of the genre's most exciting talents."--Nerdist

"A period thriller as rich in suspense as it is in lush '50s atmosphere."--Entertainment Weekly

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PublisherDel ReyDel Rey
Publication Date20212020
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia is an award-winning Mexican-Canadian author, best known for her dynamic fusion of speculative genres into compelling, character-driven narratives, primarily focusing on her dual cultural heritage. Born and raised in Mexico, Moreno-Garcia relocated to Canada in the early 2000s, and her body of work often explores themes of identity, culture, and the meeting points of different worlds, offering readers profound and layered narratives that challenge the status quo. Moreno-Garcia's oeuvre encompasses both short and long fiction across a wide range of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror. With a knack for subverting genre expectations and blending elements in surprising ways, she has produced necessitous works like 'Signal to Noise', 'Gods of Jade and Shadow', and the critically acclaimed 'Mexican Gothic', which went on to win the 2020 Goodreads Choice Award in Horror. She also demonstrates her prowess as an editor with notable anthologies of short horror and fantasy stories. A compelling, innovative voice in contemporary fiction, Silvia Moreno-Garcia encapsulates her unique perspective in every piece of her writing - a perspective shaped by her cross-cultural experience and deep-seated appreciation for diverse narrative traditions. Her ability to seamlessly mesh genres, combined with her keenly observed insights into the human experience, ensures that her work consistently finds resonance with readers worldwide.


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