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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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2 reviews

Imprint: Jo Fletcher Books
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 30 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9781529402650

The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a mesmerising feminist re-imagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a young socialite discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico.

3 stars out of 5
21 Jun 2020

"deliciously horrid horror"

When it comes to the horror, though, Moreno-Garcia gets it absolutely right. There’s a mushroomy menace about the house that’s deliciously horrid, as well as more corporeal creeps (diseased limbs, walls like oozing sores) that go nicely with the bad guy’s preoccupation with eugenics, with “good” and “bad” bodies. Colonialism is a big theme: the English family who’ve ravaged the land and perverted indigenous rituals for their own nefarious ends, all the while obsessing about maintaining the bloodline, a Habsburgian look about them hinting at just how…

In all, it’s enormously fun – though the references to fairy tales and Gothic novels add an irritating self-awareness. Why send up conventions when they result in something this fun?

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
12 Jun 2020

"It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird"

It’s Mexico in the 1950s, and Noemí Taboada’s father has received a disturbing letter from her cousin claiming she’s being poisoned by her husband’s family in their house in the countryside. Tasked with learning the truth, strong-willed Noemí visits her cousin, who now says that she wrote the letter while delirious with fever. As the claustrophobic atmosphere builds, Noemí learns that the family – from English stock whose mining wealth was founded on slave labour – are harbouring a terrible secret linked to the patriarch’s obsession with eugenics.