Dogs of summer


High in the mountains of northern Tenerife, the sun hides behind a seemingly endless ceiling of cloud cover that traps the region’s inhabitants in an abject, infernal heat. There, in a ramshackle village far from the island’s glamorous beach resorts, two adolescent girls pass a treacherous summer in each other’s all-consuming company.

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‘Bold, dazzling, hilarious’ Fernanda Melchor
‘All the sores and salves of a coming-of-age relationship are here’ Rachael Allen
‘A novel that consumes and sentences to die for’ Amina Cain

Stuck in a working-class neighbourhood, high up among Tenerife’s volcanoes, a ten-year-old girl dreams of hitching a ride to the faraway beach.

She has a best friend, Isora. And she likes everything about Isora. From the colour of her arms and her hair and her eyes to the way she writes the letter g with a huge tail. But she envies her too. Envies her grits and gut; her periods and her pubes; the way she is growing up at full tilt without her.

As the summer goes on and the heat becomes ever more oppressive, friendship simmers into obsession, desire into intimate violence.

‘As sultry as the summer weather. In playful language, Abreu beautifully evokes an era of telenovelas and the birth of the internet, in which Pokémon and Bratz dolls give way to sexual discovery’ Guardian

Translated by Julia Sanches.

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Weight 0.164 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 1.6 cm










1st paperback ed


863.7 (edition:23)


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