This is my current favorite novel of 2019! I want to emphasize that I absolutley hung onto every word, sentence, and savored the turn of each page as if it were the last. Rivera Garza's world grew like moss around me: lush and increasingly complex.
The narrator is a detective working on her first job in years. The case: a couple that has vanished into the rainforest, leaving behind a photo trail. The importance of the case and her ability to solve it slowly and eerily lose focus as the novel progresses.
— From Elise
Fairy tale meets detective drama in this David Lynch-like novel by a writer Jonathan Lethem calls "one of Mexico's greatest...we are just barely beginning to catch up to what she has to offer."
Fiction. Latinx Studies. Women's Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana. A fairy tale run amok, THE TAIGA SYNDROME follows an unnamed female Ex-Detective as she searches for a couple who has fled to the far reaches of the earth. A betrayed husband is convinced by a brief telegram that his second ex-wife wants him to track her down�that she wants to be found. He hires the Ex-Detective, who sets out with a translator into a snowy, hostile forest where strange things happen and translation betrays both sense and one's senses. Tales of Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood haunt the Ex-Detective's quest, though the lessons of her journey are more experiential than moral: that just as love can fly away, sometimes unloving flies away as well. That sometimes leaving everything behind is the only thing left to do.