A she-wolf who wants to be free, but can she survive without her pack? Lucy wants to escape from the territory of her father, a powerful and fearsome politician, who is also a prominent organized crime boss in northern Mexico. Her attempt to escape does not follow a well-defined plan, which is why she is captured by Treviño, one of her father’s faithful henchmen. But Lucy does not give up, even if in her escape she loses almost everything: her comfortable life, her handful of friends, her lovers, her bodyguard… Everything, except her gun. But this is only the beginning: in her tender years she will get to know degradation, death, misery, perhaps incest. Maybe her vague hope of escape will not come true. Maybe her wolf-pack is bigger than she imagines. Maybe there is no escape. But Lucy is nothing if not determined, and all her experiences give her new strength to take on whatever may happen.
She-Wolf (“Loba”) is a fast-paced and dizzying novel about the abysses of the human soul and Mexican society today, a novel that by its unlikely extremes gives you the most unexpected and clearest insights, and with a long-lasting reverberation in the reader’s mind.
»The wildest love stories of Mexican literature are in Orfa Alarcón’s novels. If Perra brava is liquid fire, then Loba is a dazzling journey to the frozen flames of the heart.«
»A new novel as ferocious as her first.«
»Degradation, death, misery, corruption, human trafficking, drug trafficking, incest and violence frame the vicissitudes of today’s Mexico described by Orfa Alarcón.«
Miguel Ángel Avilés (tweet)
»This non-conformist author captivates the reader with her poetic yet violent language, and with the desire to provoke the reader that makes a novel difficult to forget.«
Eduardo Antonio Parra, El Universal
»Loba is a novel that, although it narrates scenes of incomprehensible violence and cruelty, does so through an almost lyrical language of enormous accuracy.«
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