As Ute and her husband Jerry travel to a remote area on the west coast of South America, they decide to visit a recently established eco retreat called Villa Pacifica. The resort, run by a group of eccentric expatriates, offers a luxuriant refuge - in the middle of an arid and poverty-stricken region - to an exotic menagerie of large cats, monkeys, giant turtles and birds of paradise which have been rescued from traffickers. When a huge storm descends on the coast, travellers and locals are left to fend for themselves. The hot-house world that teems below the surface of Villa Pacifica rises to engulf everyone. Madness begins to take hold, and everybody starts questioning themselves and their own sanity.
- Paperback | 300 pages
- 153 x 234 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
- 01 Apr 2013
- Alma Books Ltd
- Surrey, United Kingdom
'Like Isabel Allende - Kassabova has a gift for measured, eloquent, no-frills storytelling.' - Scotland on Sunday 'Like her poetry and memoir, Kassabova's fiction is taut and evocative. Her writing conveys the dichotomy between the country's lush beauty and the hotel's foreboding atmosphere. ... Inspired by the landscape of Ecuador as well as the end of a personal relationship, Kassabova's latest novel is a commentary on human strength. Elegant prose and unusual plot lines will intrigue the reader to the finish.' - Herald Scotland 'This is a wonderfully intriguing story about relationship dynamics, our innermost fears, and a Lost-type plot that keeps building momentum with every page' - The Scottish Review of Books 'Intelligent, psychologically compelling... a truly mesmerising read.' - The Scotsman 'Kassabova conjures up a convincing portrait of a tropical backwater battered by politics and weather - with a deliciously unexpected ending.' - The Guardian 'Reminiscent of Maugham's Borneo Stories and Bowles' The Sheltering Sky... ultimately however, concerned with individual relations.' - Times Literary Supplement
About Kapka Kassabova
KAPKA KASSABOVA was born in Bulgaria in 1973 and learned to speak English at the age of sixteen, when her parents emigrated to England and later to New Zealand. She now lives in Edinburgh, and is the author of two novels, four poetry collections and two travel guides. Her memoir Street without a Name was shortlisted for the European Book Prize and the Authors' Club Dolman Travel Prize in 2009. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.