Nominated by:

Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas / El Colegio de México, A.C., Mexico City

Publisher of nominated edition:

Amazon Crossing, USA

Ten Women

Marcela Serrano      

Translated from the Spanish by Beth Fowler

2016 Longlist

Nine Chilean women with divergent life stories—from a teenage lesbian struggling to find acceptance to a woman confronting the loneliness of old age—come together to talk about their triumphs and heartaches. They all have one person in common, their beloved therapist Natasha who, though central to the lives of all of the women, is absent from their meeting. The women represent the many cultural and social groups that modern Chile is comprised of—from a housekeeper to celebrity television personality. They are of disparate ages and races and their lives have been touched by major political events from the dictatorship of Pinochet to the Israel-Palestine conflict. But despite their differences, as the women tell their stories, unlikely bonds are formed, and their lives are transformed in this intricately woven, beautifully rendered tale of the universal bonds between women.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Marcela Serrano is the daughter of writers and an award-winning Chilean novelist. Her debut novel We Loved So Much won the Literary Prize in Santiago. Her subsequent novels, among them The Hotel of the Sad Women and Our Lady of Loneliness, met with much success, landing her the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Prize and a runner-up nod in the prestigious Premio Planeta competition. She is widely considered one of the best Latin American writers working today. Ten Women is her first novel to be published in English.

Librarian’s Comments

Work translated into English, Italian and Arabic. Marcela Serrano won the Municipal Prize of Literature of Santiago de Chile (1994), she was a finalist for the Planeta Prize (2011) and the Juana Inés de la Cruz Award (2004).

Related Entries