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Monica moves to the village of LV, causing a domino effect of unrest with unexpected consequences as she fails to conform to unspoken rules.
Life in the town of LV runs placidly and smoothly, regulated by an unspoken, but very much omnipresent System. When Monica and her daughter move into the house known as the Hovel, everyone is ready to welcome them - until it becomes apparent that they do not, and will not, blend into the well-oiled scheme. A crescendo of unrest pervades the town dragging everyone into its tidal wave, with consequences reverberating in unexpected ways. Will things ever be the same again?
“With style and élan, Milagros Lasarte explores middle-class social mores in this delicious - and deliciously wicked - debut novella. It is not without compassion, however. This, coupled with Lasarte’s defining leftfield sensibility, renders the familiar yet strange organism of LV irresistible. Enormously satisfying ... this is a tale that will blossom in the imagination long after it is set down.” —Jane McKi, author of Carnation Lily Lily Rose
Milagros Lasarte is an Argentinian writer. She moved to France at a young age and has lived there since. Her writing, however, is all in English - a language that has become a bridge between her South American roots and her French education. She studied English at the Sorbonne, focusing on the linguistic and literary aspects of that language across the channel. She then moved on to complete an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
After working both in traditional publishing and e-learning as an editor, she decided to learn other forms of languages and has now entered the world of programming. Her writing merges her three cultures together into a subtle combination of idealism and tragic irony. With a keen interest in psychology, both her fiction and poetry delve into the complexity of the human psyche as well as the tension that arises from all that is left unsaid. Mastering the written word, playing with nuances, pushing the limits of imagination - these are some of the things she looks for in a good book. Her short stories are featured in several anthologies, such as The Same Havoc (The Selkie, 2020) and Bitter (Small Leaf Press, 2021).