Dogs of Summer

Andrea Abreu


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Orion Publishing Co
8 June 2023
ISBN: 9781474624084
176 pages

From the publisher

'Shows girlhood as it really was: brutal and tender, intimate and lonely, magical and utterly gross' Anna Beecher
'Sensual and dirty, absurdist and tragic. Abreu's talent is thrilling to witness' Irish Times

Stuck in a working-class neighbourhood, high up among Tenerife's volcanoes, a ten-year-old girl dreams of hitching a ride to the faraway beach.
Instead she hangs out with her best friend, Isora. She likes everything about Isora. From the colour of her arms and her hair and her eyes to the way she writes the letter g with a huge tail. But she envies her too. Envies her grits and gut; her periods and her pubes; the way she is growing up at full tilt without her.
As the summer goes on and the heat becomes ever more oppressive, friendship simmers into obsession, desire into intimate violence.

'The sentences blast off the pages. Hilarious, devastating and brilliantly attuned to the erotics of friendship' Jamel Brinkley
'As sultry as the summer weather. Abreu beautifully evokes an era, in which Pokemon and Bratz dolls give way to sexual discovery' Guardian

Translated by Julia Sanches.