Monstrilio

Narrated by Victoria Villarreal; Johnny Rey Diaz
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Pub Date 13 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 06 Jun 2023

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Description

A "genuinely scary" horror debut written in "prose so beautiful you won't want to rush" about a boy who transforms into a monster, a monster who tries to be a man, and the people who love him in every form he takes (Ana Reyes) Grieving mother Magos cuts out a piece of her deceased eleven-year-old son Santiago's lung. Acting on fierce maternal instinct and the dubious logic of an old folktale, she nurtures the lung until it gains sentience, growing into the carnivorous little Monstrilio she keeps hidden within the walls of her family's decaying Mexico City estate. Eventually, Monstrilio begins to resemble the Santiago he once was, but his innate impulses-though curbed by his biological and chosen family's communal care-threaten to destroy this fragile second chance at life. A thought-provoking meditation on grief, acceptance, and the monstrous sides of love and loyalty, Gerardo Sámano Cordova blends bold imagination and evocative prose with deep emotional rigor. Told in four acts that span the globe from Brooklyn to Berlin, Monstrilio offers, with uncanny clarity, a cathartic and precise portrait of being human.

A "genuinely scary" horror debut written in "prose so beautiful you won't want to rush" about a boy who transforms into a monster, a monster who tries to be a man, and the people who love him in...


A Note From the Publisher

One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2023 by:
ELLE • Lit Hub • The Millions • Goodreads • Barnes & Noble • Electric Lit • Jump Scares • Lambda Literary • BookBub • Books of Brilliance

One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2023 by:
ELLE • Lit Hub • The Millions • Goodreads • Barnes & Noble • Electric Lit • Jump Scares • Lambda Literary • BookBub • Books of Brilliance


Advance Praise

“An extraordinary act of imagination, an extended meditation that begins in grief, family, belonging, and moves past that, into a deeper discovery of the power of love—and the powerlessness of love, as well its strangeness. With Monstrilio, Sámano Córdova makes a remarkable, kaleidoscopic debut.” —Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

“Simply exquisite. Easily one of my favorite reads this year.” —Sarah Gailey, bestselling author of Just Like Home and The Echo Wife

“An extraordinary act of imagination, an extended meditation that begins in grief, family, belonging, and moves past that, into a deeper discovery of the power of love—and the powerlessness of love...


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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781696612173
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
DURATION 7 Hours, 58 Minutes

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