Our Share of Night
by Mariana Enriquez
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Pub Date 07 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2023
“An enchanting, shattering, once-in-a-lifetime reading experience.”—The New York Times (Editors’ Choice)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • A woman’s mysterious death puts her husband and son on a collision course with her demonic family in the first novel to be translated into English by the International Booker Prize–shortlisted author of The Dangers of Smoking in Bed—“the most exciting discovery I’ve made in fiction for some time” (Kazuo Ishiguro).
ONE OF THE ATLANTIC’S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, BookPage, Book Riot, PopSugar, The New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Lit Hub, Electric Lit
“A magnificent accomplishment.”—Alan Moore, author of Watchmen
“A masterpiece of literary horror.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“One of Latin America’s most exciting authors.”—Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A young father and son set out on a road trip, devastated by the death of the wife and mother they both loved. United in grief, the pair travel to her ancestral home, where they must confront the terrifying legacy she has bequeathed: a family called the Order that commits unspeakable acts in search of immortality.
For Gaspar, the son, this maniacal cult is his destiny. As the Order tries to pull him into their evil, he and his father take flight, attempting to outrun a powerful clan that will do anything to ensure its own survival. But how far will Gaspar’s father go to protect his child? And can anyone escape their fate?
Moving back and forth in time, from London in the swinging 1960s to the brutal years of Argentina’s military dictatorship and its turbulent aftermath, Our Share of Night is a novel like no other: a family story, a ghost story, a story of the occult and the supernatural, a book about the complexities of love and longing with queer subplots and themes. This is the masterwork of one of Latin America’s most original novelists, “a mesmerizing writer,” says Dave Eggers, “who demands to be read.”
“Our Share of Night conjures a poetry of dread, artfully employing the vo- cabulary of supernatural horror as the one voice capable of articulating Ar- gentina’s unspeakable history. With realism in its magic and magic in its realism, this is a magnificent accomplishment and a genuine work of power.”
—Alan Moore, author of Watchmen and V for Vendetta
“A singular, soul-rattling novel, with urgent moral questions about greed, in- justice, and inheritance at its core . . . In Our Share of Night, the relentless quest for power is not just over a people and a country but earthly life itself. With surprises at every turn, Mariana Enriquez’s terrifying, lush, blood- soaked epic masterfully uses the occult to depict unspeakable brutality, po- litical oppression, and the tragedy of Argentina’s disappeared to devastating effect while powerfully exploring the lengths a parent will go to protect their child. I’ve never read anything like it, and I’ll never forget my time in En- riquez’s mesmerizing world.”
—Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers
“I was positively bewitched by Our Share of Night. As Mariana Enriquez’s occult saga slashes through time, a dazzling maze of unstoppable parental love, unshakable destinies, and bloodthirsty legacies, both familial and po- litical, emerges. Towering, electric, wild—this novel is a masterpiece and a true original.” —Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
“Our Share of Night is epic and intimate, lyrical and brutal, horrifying and defiantly hopeful, and one of the best novels of the twenty-first century. I’m going to press this book into the hands of everyone I know and dare them to open the door to its Other Place.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Pallbearers Club
“Reader, beware! Our Share of Night is a novel so disquieting, so unsettling, I could neither put it down nor read it late at night. Enriquez’s short stories had already made me a fan for life—her novel is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.”
—Kelly Link, author of White Cat, Black Dog and Get in Trouble
“Mariana Enriquez is a visionary. Our Share of Night is like nothing I’ve ever read—a compulsive page-turner, a dark fantasy so grounded in sensation that it reads like realism. She conjures a brutal, voluptuous world where nothing is as it appears. I’m still looking over my shoulder.”
—Jennifer Haigh, author of Mercy Street
“Enriquez is a masterful world builder. And the one she creates here devas- tates. This engrossing mixture of supernatural horror and intimate storytell- ing will leave an indelible but instructive mark on readers.”
—Sergio de la Pava, author of A Naked Singularity