Synopses & Reviews
Falling somewhere between Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
and Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba
, Hunting the Last Wild Man
tells the story of Candela and her extended family of nine women. Our protagonist has had her disappointments in love and floats from one job to another, ending up at the local mortuary as an apprentice embalmer. There she can tuck herself away from the everyday hubbub of life's demands.
Late one night Candela finds she must work on the father of a gypsy clan, who has left instructions that he must be buried with his cane. Her days are changed forever when she discovers that the cane holds more than just the old mans wishes.
With rich images suggestive of an Almódovar film, with emotional depth and intelligence, Vallvey explores the modern womans cynicism, as Candela attempts to integrate an impossibly marvelous stranger into her life.
"[A]lthough the plot is full of shocking little twists, it's Candela's voice that compels attention, more than the events that surround her." Publishers Weekly
"A humorous novel...worthy of an Almódovar film." Elle
Candela lives in a house of women nine to be exact: six sisters, their mother, their grandmother, and their rich aunt Mary, who owns the house. Candela has had her disappointments in love and floats from one job to another before ending up at the local mortuary working as an apprentice embalmer. Her work on the late patriarch of a gypsy clan introduces her to the dead mans nephew Amador, who turns out to be both a successful businessman and a scintillating lover. In a rich style that recalls the films of Almodovar, Vallvey explores Candelas ingenious attempts to integrate the last wild man into her life.
About the Author
ANGELA VALLVEY made her reputation in her native Spain as a writer of young adult fiction with the popular The Sentimental Life of Bugs Bunny. She received the Jaén Poetry Award 1998 for her El tamaño del universo (The Size of the Universe). This is her first publication in English. Vallvey lives in Spain.