Pink Slime: A Novel

Pink Slime: A Novel

Pink Slime: A Novel

Pink Slime: A Novel


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As a sickness runs rampant through an unnamed city, one woman questions her unrecognizable world, the price of survival and what she owes to the people around her.

A Dakota Johnson x TeaTime Book Club Pick

MOST ANTICIPATED by Los Angeles Times, LitHub, Polygon, Fangoria, and Paste

A harrowing, intimate novel about a woman and the people who depend on her as the world around them teeters on the edge—marking an award-winning Latin American author’s US debut.

“An intimate, melancholic look at an ecologically ravaged future.” —Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Mexican Gothic and Silver Nitrate • “Powerful and beautifully written.” —The Guardian

In a city ravaged by a mysterious plague, a woman tries to understand why her world is falling apart. An algae bloom has poisoned the previously pristine air that blows in from the sea. Inland, a secretive corporation churns out the only food anyone can afford—a revolting pink paste, made of an unknown substance. In the short, desperate breaks between deadly windstorms, our narrator stubbornly tends to her few remaining relationships: with her difficult but vulnerable mother; with the ex-husband for whom she still harbors feelings; with the boy she nannies, whose parents sent him away even as terrible threats loomed. Yet as conditions outside deteriorate further, her commitment to remaining in place only grows—even if staying means being left behind.

An evocative elegy for a safe, clean world, Pink Slime is buoyed by humor and its narrator’s resiliency. This unforgettable novel explores the place where love, responsibility, and self-preservation converge, and the beauty and fragility of our most intimate relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781668049778
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 07/02/2024
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 47,675
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Fernanda Trías was born in Uruguay and is the award-winning author of three novels, two of which have been published in English. She is also the author of the short story collection No soñarás flores and the chapbook El regreso. A writer and instructor of creative writing, she holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She was awarded the National Uruguayan Literature Prize, The Critics’ Choice Award Bartolomé Hidalgo, and the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz International Prize in Mexico for her novel Pink Slime. Both The Rooftop and Pink Slime were awarded the British PEN Translates Award, and Pink Slime was chosen by The New York Times in Spanish as one of the ten best books of 2020. Translation rights for her work have been sold in fifteen languages. She currently lives in Bogotá, Colombia, where she is a teacher at the creative writing MFA program of Instituto Caro y Cuervo. In 2017, she was selected as Writer-in-Residence at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid, where she started writing her latest novel, Pink Slime.

Heather Cleary is based in New York and Mexico City. Her writing has appeared in Two Lines, LitHub, and Words Without Borders, among other publications. She is the author of The Translator’s Visibility: Scenes from Contemporary Latin American Fiction, about the power of translation to challenge norms of intellectual property and propriety. Her other translations include the novels Witches by Brenda Lozano, American Delirium by Betina González, Comemadre by Roque Larraquy, and The Planets, The Dark, and The Incompletes by Sergio Chejfec, as well as a selected works of Oliverio Girondo titled Poems to Read on a Streetcar. Cleary holds a PhD in Latin American and Iberian cultures from Columbia University and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
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