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“Anca Szilágyi: Daughters of the Air” Book Launch | Hugo House, Seattle

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Hotel Sorrento,
900 Madison St,
Seattle, WA 98104

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Join us in celebrating the launch of inaugural Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award recipient Anca Szilágyi’s debut novel, Daughters of the Air.

A searing tale of love, loss, estrangement, and coming of age, the story of Tatiana “Pluta” Spektor is an unflinching exploration of the personal devastation wrought by political repression, told with haunting fabulist imagery.

Pluta is 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 alone with the unresolved tragedy and at last runs away: to the streets of Brooklyn in 1980, where she figuratively—and literally—spreads her wings.

“[Szilágyi’s] work is like a fairy tale—the sort of thing you’d find handwritten on a tiny scroll . . . under a mushroom in the middle of a forest on the longest day of the year.” – Paul Constant, The Seattle Review of Books

“[Daughters of the Air] offers a moving and memorable exploration of how the traumas of history burrow into individuals and fester, sprouting strange and sometimes even lovely phenomena.” — Peter Mountford, author of A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism and The Dismal Science

“Pluta, the teenage heroine of Daughters of the Air, flees from one dark place to others darker still, from one unfulfilled promise of escape to another. Yet, in art, in opera, in the lusciousness of Anca Szilágyi’s language, she soars.” – Maya Sonenberg, author of Voices from the Blue Hotel and Cartographies

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