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Nona's Room
Nona's Room

Nona's Room

Peter Owen World Series: Spain


176 Pages, 5.25 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9780720619539

Rights: US & CA

Peter Owen Publishers (Sep 2017)


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A prize-winning collection of six uncanny and atonal stories from one of Spain's finest writers

Winner:Premio Nacional de Narrativa (2016)Premio de la Critica Española (2016)Premio Dulce Chacón (2016) Book of the Year 2015:La Vanguardia, El Cultural, Babelia and ABC An award-winning collection of Gothic and uncanny stories from one of Europe's most celebrated contemporary writers of short fiction. In Nona's Room the everyday fantasies of women slowly turn into nightmare, delusion and paranoia. A young girl who is envious of the attention given to her sister has a brutal awakening. A young woman, facing eviction, misplaces her trust in an old lady who invites her into her home. A mature woman spends the night in a hotel in Madrid and falls into a time warp... Cubas's stories are suffused with the chilling tones of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber and the psychological intensity of Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train.


"There is mystery almost from the first sentence of every story. Each detail shatters our inertia and forces us to reappraise a shifting panorama." —El Pais

"Masterfully blends the commonplace with the fantastic, achieving the essence and vitality inherent in the best examples of this literary genre." —Selection Panel, Premio Nacional de Literatura

"Cubas stories create one of the most extraordinary universes in contemporary literature, where the commonplace and the unexpected, normality and the unexplainable intertwine to offer a singular vision of human experience." —abc

"There's an especially lovely story of that last, skeptical kind in Cristina Fernández Cubas's remarkable collection . . . In these six elegant stories she's most interested in the ambiguities and periodic disturbances that plague the imagination, and reports on them with the appropriate sense of awe, even of dread." —New York Times

"Nona's Room puts together six short stories narrated by women, and it isn't long into the first story that I realized I had something unique in my hands . . . as I turned the last page, I had to go sit and focus on more mundane things to shake off my sense of being left totally off balance.  When a book can provoke a reaction like that, it's one well worth reading." —Reading Avidly

Author Biography

Cristina Fernández Cubas is an award-winning writer and journalist from Barcelona. Her story collection La Habitacion de Nona (Nona's Room) won both of the major literary awards in Spain, the Premio de la Critica Espanola and Premio Nacional de Narrativa. Simon Deefholts and Kathryn Phillips-Miles are Spanish translators.