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POSO WELLS

by Alemán, Gabriela

Celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán’s POSO WELLS is a noir, feminist eco-thriller in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance!

In the squalid settlement of POSO WELLS, women have been regularly disappearing, but the authorities have shown little interest. When the leading presidential candidate comes to town, he and his entourage are electrocuted in a macabre accident witnessed by a throng of astonished spectators. The sole survivor—next in line for the presidency—inexplicably disappears from sight. Gustavo Varas, a principled journalist, picks up the trail, which leads him into a violent, lawless underworld. Bella Altamirano, a fearless local, is on her own crusade to pierce the settlement’s code of silence, ignoring repeated death threats. It turns out that the disappearance of the candidate and those of the women are intimately connected, and not just to a local crime wave, but to a multinational magnate’s plan to plunder the country’s cloud forest preserve.

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contains mystery, horror, humor, absurdity, and political commentary

“One part Thomas Pynchon, one part Gabriel García Marquez, and one part Raymond Chandler, Alemán’s novel contains mystery, horror, humor, absurdity, and political commentary...A concoction of political thriller and absurdist literary mystery that never fails to entertain.”

Reviews: Kirkus Reviews

“The story is a condemnation not only of the corrupt businessmen and the criminal gangs that rule Poso Wells but also of the violence against women that plagues Latin America’s real slums.”

Reviews: The New Yorker

Ironic, audacious, and fierce

“Ironic, audacious, and fierce. But what is it, exactly? A satire? A sci-fi novel? A political detective yarn? Or the purest reality of contemporary Latin America. It’s unclassifiable––as all great books are.”

Reviews: Samanta Schweblin, author of Fever Dream

Brilliant

“Brilliant, audacious, doubtlessly playful and at the same time so dark and bitter. A truly unforgettable book.”

Reviews: Alejandro Zambra, author of Multiple Choice

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