UmamiIt started with a drowning. Deep in the heart of Mexico City, where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old still coming to terms with the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the rainy, smoggy summer she decides to plant a vegetable garden in the courtyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past.

Atmospheric writing, a vivid portrait of life in the mews, wonderful insights into the lives of the families living there, humourous, sad, a joy to read. Umami is translated brilliantly by Sophie Hughes.

As a bookseller this is exactly the type of novel we need so that we can introduce refreshing and new writing to our customers that’s wonderfully written and a joy to read.

Oneworld/9781780748917/£12.99

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