Living's the Strange Thing by Carmen Martin Gaite

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Agueda, a 35-year-old woman who has lived and loved hard, has just lost her mother. Finding her precarious equilibrium besieged, she struggles to keep her curiosity about the world intact. In an effort to give her life structure, she returns to her old, unfinished doctoral dissertation: a study of an extravagant and enigmatic 18th-century adventurer. Inexorably, her investigation leads to profound reflections on her own strange childhood, her parents’ equally strange marriage, and her own emotional landscape. Introspective, but with the pace and intrigue of a thriller, Living’s the Strange Thing will keep the reader engrossed until the end. Carmen Martín Gaite is one of Spain’s most distinguished novelists; in 1978, she was awarded the Spanish National Prize for Literature.

About Carmen Martin Gaite

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Carmen was born in Salamanca. Her other novels include La Reina de Las Nieves, which won the Spanish national prize for literature.
Published July 1, 2003 by Random House UK. 204 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the story opens, Agueda is summoned to her grandfather’s nursing home, where the director asks her whether she would be willing to impersonate her recently deceased mother in order to spare her ailing grandfather the shock of learning of his daughter’s death.

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Living's the Strange Thing by Carmen Martín Gaite 194pp, Harvill, £11.99 After spending her youth "writing songs and drinking like there was no tomorrow", Águeda Soler has settled down.

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