Amora : stories

by Polesso, Natália Borges,

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From an emerging talent comes an exquisite collection of stories exploring the complexity of love between women, each a delicate piece in a mosaic transcending the boundaries of literary romance.

Amora dares explore the way women love each other--the atrophy and healing of the female spirit in response to sexual desire and identity. These thirty-three short stories and poems, crafted with a deliberate delicacy, each capture the candid, private moments of women in love.

Together, these stories and the women who inhabit them reveal an illuminating portrait of the sacred female romance, with all its nuances, complexities, burdens, and triumphs revealed. Violence, sickness, chaos, tenderness, beauty, and freedom adorn these pages in a mosaic of unforgettable moments, including a lesbian granddaughter discovering unexpected commonalities with her grandmother, a teenager's tryst with her friend after disenchanting sex with a boy, and an old couple's dreamy Sunday-morning ritual.

Sweeping nearly every major Brazilian literary prize in 2016--including the Prêmio Jabuti and Prêmio Açorianos de Literatura-- Amora has propelled Natalia Borges Polesso to the forefront of the international literary world.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Polesso's bittersweet collection (after Control) explores the highs and lows of life for a series of Brazilian lesbians. In "My Cousin's in Town," an unnamed narrator invites her co-workers over for dinner, and when her girlfriend, Bruna--who was supposed to be traveling--comes out of their bathroom wrapped in a towel, the narrator introduces Bruna as a cousin to keep her sexual identity a secret. In "Dreaming," Raquel, a businesswoman whose friends find her "shockingly tedious," stuns them with a story from her time living in San Francisco in her 20s, when, naked and drunk during a house party, she sneaked into a celebrity's pool and hooked up with a "blonde, leggy, tanned" woman with "surfer's cheeks." "Renfield's Demons" tells the gut-punching story of Débora, who comes home unexpectedly and finds her partner, Moira, entangled with another woman on the living room floor. A week later, to combat her depression, Débora goes to a costume party where she has sex with a woman dressed as a vampire, who draws real blood when she bites. With brevity, abstraction, and narrative tension, Polesso offers a poignant look at women alternately broken down and resilient. Fans of Lucia Berlin will love these tense and twisty tales. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women -- Fiction.
Lesbian fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Seattle :2020
Other Titles Short stories.
Contributors Sanches, Julia, translator.
Language English
Translated from the Portuguese.
Notes "Previously published as Amora by Não Editora in Brazil in 2015"--Title page verso.
Description 221 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 1542004330
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