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Dogs of Summer

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Her debut novel Dogs of Summer, translated by Julia Sanches, overflows with bodily imagery—scraped knees, vomit, scabs, pubic hair, and growing breasts. The girls’ friendship is eventually threatened by a climactic incident of sexual violence, the repercussions of which threaten to forever split them apart. I hadn’t helped because on the Sunday they decided to pick them, I was working on a project with Isora. Braiding prose poetry with bachata lyrics and the gritty humour of Canary dialect, Dogs of Summer is a brutal picture of girlhood in the nineties and a story of a friendship that simmers into erotic desire over the course of one hot summer.

Like Desert Truffles Under Pine Needles” from Dogs of Summer by Andrea Abreu (Astra House, an imprint of Astra Publishing House, 2022). The unflinching depiction of this vicious cycle—Isora “spews out her guts and gets the shits and then she eats and shits and spews and pops Fortasec like it’s candy”—resists romanticized portrayals of girlhood; instead, Abreu's prose is attuned to the physicality of the young girls’ changing bodies in a tone that eschews sentimentality or nostalgia. My Brilliant Friend meets Blue is the Warmest Color in this lyrical debut novel set in a working-class neighborhood of the Canary Islands—a story about two girls coming of age in the early aughts and a friendship that simmers into erotic desire over the course of one hot summer. She said chos, Shit, I shouldna trimmed them so short, and then stepped carefully on the tarmac so that she wouldn’t get stabbed by the gravel, so that she wouldn’t cut herself on shards of the drunks’ smashed bottles. The book is subtle in terms of female relationships, like Elena Ferrante's books and the language is fascinating.This slim novel's scope and intensity are shockingly, magnificently large, and the sentences blast off the pages with all the sordidness and wonder of early adolescence. At one point I thought she must’ve fallen asleep or that maybe she was touching herself because her breathing sounded heavy, but I couldn’t bring myself to check. The novel opens with the visceral image of the narrator’s best friend, ten-year-old Isora, throwing up “like a cat”: “Huckahuckahucka and her sick splashed into the toilet boil, then seeped into the sprawling layers of soil beneath the island. Together, the girls attempt to hitchhike to the beach, steal junk food, act out depraved storylines with their Barbies, and spin around in circles until they become so dizzy they collapse.

Etymology [ edit ] In addition to following Orion into the night sky, the Dog Star Sirius can be easily located in the heavens by following the line created by the prominent asterism Orion's Belt.In the same section, Isora “was my best friend i wanted to be like her,” and Shit wants to “suck up isora’s head so I’d have her inside my body. It is a very complex time in women's lives because we begin to be tamed by the world and the rules of the adult world. As a child I was always very impressed by the fact that my mother had to clean other people's houses while those people went on vacation. But increasingly, our narrator finds it hard to keep up with Isora, who seems to be growing up at full tilt without her—and as her submissiveness veers into a painful sexual awakening, desire grows indistinguishable from intimate violence.

This fascination with the body, its excretions, its abject functions, often links closely with our narrator’s burgeoning conceptions of desire. You can see this in the following passage: “I didn’t know the difference between me and Isora sometimes I thought we were the same girl Isora drank leche leche coffee with regular milk and condensed milk she sucked the condensed milk up with a straw like grannies did and I wanted to suck up Isora’s head so I'd have her inside my body.

And that clouds like the bottom of a donkey’s belly will hover all summer over her town, high among the volcanoes of northern Tenerife. The topmost houses grew up from the ground like desert truffles under pine needles when the rain got the earth damp. The swallows had been in a frenzy all afternoon, chittering away as Nana and Dad tossed in the debris from that year’s building projects, as well as all the plants they’d weeded out. Barrett, Pete (9 December 2008), Florence and the Machine—Dog Days Are Over Single Review, Contact Music .

The narrator recognizes that she is supposed to desire boys—she acts out romantic storylines with her dolls and colludes with Isora as she sexts an older boy over instant messenger in computer class. A vertical neighborhood on a vertical mountain crowded with low-bellied clouds and sliced through by a long, wide cave-like tunnel that went from the tip-top of the mountain all the way to the ocean, like the mantle in the song about the Virgen de Candelaria, the prettiest saint, the one with the darkest skin. It almost never happened, but everyone knew that behind the clouds lived a giant who was 3,718 meters tall and could set fire to all of us if he wanted.Pliny's Natural History notes an increase in attacks by dogs during July and August, and advises feeding them chicken manure to curb the tendency. I thought of Isora and wondered if she, her nan and her aunt were eating grilled pineapple too, and if she was wishing for the beach as much as me.

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