Tatiana "Pluta" Spektor was a mostly happy, if awkward, young girl—until her sociologist father was disappeared during Argentina's Dirty War. Sent a world away by her grieving mother to attend boarding school outside New York City, Pluta wrestles along with the unresolved tragedy and at last runs away: to the streets of Brooklyn in 1980, where she figuratively—and literally—spreads her wings. Told with haunting fabulist imagery by debut novelist Anca L. Szilágyi, this searing tale of love, loss, estrangement, and coming of age is an unflinching exploration of the personal devastation wrought by political repression.
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About the Author
Anca L. Szilágyi grew up in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Gastronomica, and Fairy Tale Review, among other publications. She is the recipient of the inaugural Artist Trust/Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award, a Made at Hugo House fellowship, and awards from the Vermont Studio Center, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and the Jack Straw Cultural Center. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the "fresh new faces in Seattle fiction." She lives in Seattle with her husband.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
aughters of the Air presents as a dreamscape or fairy tale, and very hard to put down. There are good dreams but also nightmares that you cannot wake from no matter how hard you try. Anca L. Szilagyi paints in atmosphere and location with a delicate brush and her protagonist Pluta is well defined and sympathetic. Her mother Isabel not so much. I thought this to be a most interesting look at the troubles in Argentina in the 1980's. The cover art, "Bird Moon" by Nichole DeMent, is a perfect cover for this surreal tale. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Anca L. Szilagyi, and Lanternfish Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
Whenever I read anything by Anca Szilagyi's, I know I'll be encountering something entirely original (though if I was to think of another author akin, I'd have to compare Szilagyi to Angela Carter because of their fabulist tendencies). DAUGHTERS OF THE AIR is Szilagyi at the height of her talents, with each evocative word and image oh-so-carefully parsed and considered. Beautiful and haunting and just the right amount of disturbing.