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A debut novel about the disappearance of a famous Brazilian novelist and the young translator who turns her life upside down to follow her author’s trail

Deep in gambling debt, the celebrated Brazilian writer Beatriz Yagoda is last seen holding a suitcase and a cigar and climbing into an almond tree. She abruptly vanishes.

In snowy Pittsburgh, her American translator Emma hears the news and, against the wishes of her boyfriend and Beatriz’s two grown children, flies immediately to Brazil. There, in the sticky, sugary heat of Rio, Emma and her author’s children conspire to solve the mystery of Yagoda’s curious disappearance and staunch the colorful demands of her various outstanding affairs: the rapacious loan shark with a zeal for severing body parts, and the washed-up and disillusioned editor who launched Yagoda’s career years earlier.

Idra Novey’s exhilarating debut is an international romp: a madcap blend of mystery, romance, noir, and humor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lush page-turner, a journey into the unique madness of modern Brazil, and a joyful ride into the crazed passion of literary creation itself…with equal brio and wit.”

    Héctor Tobar, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Novey is astute, funny, and cunning in this story, which even in its brevity covers so much lush ground.”


  • “Sleek.”


  • “If New Directions’ reissue of Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories left you wanting more mysterious Brazilian-lady writers, Idra Novey’s debut novel is here for you.”

    Village Voice

  • “A clever literary mystery…It has its share of violence and romance—it reads like an Ali Smith novel with a fun Brazilian noir vibe…[with] an eloquent meditation on the art and anxiety of translation, as well as a story about literature as a means of revelation and concealment.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Stylish, absurd, sometimes romantic, and often very funny… Like a dream, the book is almost overwhelmingly vivid…It’s a tour de force. Delightful and original.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A BookPage Top Pick for February 2016
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