Blood Red (Paperback)

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Blood Red (Paperback)

By Gabriela Ponce, Sarah Booker (Translator)


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A deluge of stream of consciousness writing centering on blood, trypophobia, divorce, and desire. A woman wrestles with autonomy in this subversive and carnal novel about the aftermath of divorce.

- Phoenix T., City of Asylum Bookseller

— From Recommendations

The exhilarating English-language debut from celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Ponce, Blood Red centers the female body in a radical exploration of desire, choice, and consequences.
In a torrent of stream-of-consciousness fragments, the unnamed narrator of Blood Red recounts the aftermath of her failed marriage in explicit, sensual detail. She falls in and out of love, parties with her friends, skates around the city at night, does a lot of drugs, and gives in to her impulses. Her internal monologue is punctuated by bouts of trypophobia, an obsessive cataloging of holes that empty, fill, widen, and threaten to swallow her entirely. Blood courses through her every encounter from periods, fights, accidents, wounds, sex, streaming to and from her holey fixation. Blood is a vibrant reminder of her physicality, a manifestation of her interiority, a link to memories and sensations--until its abrupt absence changes everything.
Provocative and raw, Blood Red is a fierce portrayal of a woman navigating the gray--or red--zones of her uncertainties and paradoxical urges. A subversive grappling with what it means to wrest power over one's body, revels in the narrator's autonomy to make choices and face the outcomes, no matter the scale.
Product Details ISBN: 9781632063304
ISBN-10: 1632063301
Publisher: Restless Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 192
Language: English