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Just when you think no one can write a book better than the last one you enjoyed on love, family or even loss, someone else usually seems to come up with something equally good or even better. That said, we live in a world that appears to have a preference for the male writers but these Mexican women have excelled in writing about loss.
The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen
This is a tale about identity loss and a feeling of losing your place. Aura wrote it as a teenager. You, the reader, might in a way find yourself at a loss at first as you read into the violent first few pages which are very strongly translated. The experience is similar to the one you get when you first pick up “A Clockwork Orange” to read. Some claim that novels can be a bit wormy and even disemvoweling but you can be sure that The Gringo Champion is nothing like that.
Foreign Body by Jazmina Barrera Velasquez
This work is mostly about the loss of bodily independence. It is a book that incorporates wit and gives you, the reader, an opportunity to see the pain of Jazmina’s foreign body through her eyes. She has proven that she is not just a onetime hitmaker when it comes to novels as she, in 2017 produced another one, “Cuaderno de Faros” that is still not translated. Another gem, yet she is often times overlooked outside her country Mexico.
Umami by Laia Jufresa
The story begins with a child but the rest of it is partly driven by the death of another one. It is all about mystery enveloping a small part of Mexico City. This is another one that is understated.
Empty Set by Veronica Gerber Bicecci
She is very experimental when it comes to her style of storytelling. When you start reading this piece by Veronica, you could find that it is as frustrating as it is rewarding. The novel is all about love, loss, and exile.
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor
This one brings about violence, magic, and myth in a small village where it seems almost impossible for redemption to take place. The story revolves around the loss of reason, innocence as well as life.
Antigona Gonzalez by Sara Uribe
This is prose that almost feels like poetry. It is mostly about loss of life and lack of answers for these losses. It is more on political criticism revolving around certain disappearances in Mexico.
If you are a fan of reading, these six stories make for some great reads and it is definitely worth mentioning that these six women have managed to leave their stamps in the literary world when it comes to writing on loss.