When I was a Horse
Seventeen stories gallop, frolic, and slither across the pages of this collection by Mexican author Brianda Domecq. Sometimes inspiring, sometimes fatalistic, but always lyrical and thought-provoking, Domecq examines the human condition from a unique viewpoint.
A pet canary is caught between her nesting instinct and her desire for solitude. A jaguar is guardian spirit to a middle-aged woman. And in the title story, a young girl is transformed during recess into a wild stallion.
These and other tales, told with irony, wit, and compassion, keep the reader on the bittersweet edge between tragedy and comedy. Kayla Garcia’s free-flowing and literary translation makes the reader forget that the narrative is not in the original English.
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