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About the Author

Romina Paula is one of the most interesting figures under forty currently active on the Argentine literary scene: a playwright, novelist, director, and actor. Her two novels to date (¿Vos me querés a mí? and Agosto) have enjoyed extraordinary popularity and critical acclaim. The plays she has written and directed (including El tiempo todo entero, based on The Glass Menagerie, and Fauna) have been positively reviewed in every major publication in Argentina. As an actress, Paula appeared in Santiago Mitre's 2011 The Student, Gustavo Taretto's 2011 Sidewalls, Matías Piñeiro's 2009 They All Lie, as well as his 2014 The Princess of France, which played at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival.

Jennifer Croft is the recipient of Fulbright, PEN, and National Endowment for the Arts grants, as well as the Michael Henry Heim Prize. Her translations from Polish, Spanish, and Ukrainian have appeared in The New York Times, n+1, Electric Literature, BOMB, Guernica, The New Republic, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is a founding editor of The Buenos Aires Review.


"A profoundly human story." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"Casual but endearing, charming, thoughtful and, most of all, real." --3: AM Magazine

"Paula's English-language debut is almost impossible to put down: moody, atmospheric, at times cinematic, her novel is indicative of a fresh and fiery talent with, hopefully, more to come." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fluently translated from the Spanish, this absorbing novel with a Holdenesque narrator delivers a raw and arresting new voice in literature." --Booklist (starred review)

"August is a nostalgic, complicated, and poignant confessional." --Book Riot "The book's complexity is more naturalistic than theoretical, and its narrative detours and dead-ends all enhance the immediacy of Emilia's voice...August holds onto the essentiality of the dialogue, and leaves us waiting for a response." --Full Stop "August easily stands out amongst the post-Borges trajectory of Argentine fiction." --M-Dash "Reading this book was a profoundly real experience, that managed to combine the raw emotions with a sense of nostalgia." --Translated Lit

"Romina Paula is an extraordinary and distinct new literary voice. I texted photos of almost every page of this novel to my friends. August is enviable in its unpretentiousness, feminism, and intelligence. It is a rare gift to be able to write what I thought of as a voice-driven emotional thriller. I wanted to live inside of August, and am now Paula's biggest fan." --Chloe Caldwell, author of I'll Tell You in Person

"In Romina Paula's August, the narrator returns to her native village, but the person she yearns to see is no longer there. She proceeds to address us as 'you, ' the missing person, in an urgent, generous, often funny voice rife with confidences, reminiscent of an adolescent sharing important, whispered truths for the first time to the only person she can trust. Ingeniously constructed around this absent interlocutor, 'you, ' that the reader stands in for, this second novel breathes with feverish life." --Maxine Swann, author of Flower Children

"Croft's translation of this hyperlocal and/yet global tale of the lonely pressures of womanhood and loyalty bristles against sentimentality at the same time that it insists how much we must turn to language to realize emotion. August's confessions are rinsed in the waters of the intellect and thus give a large purchase on the readers' imaginations: a book of deft fury and defter beauty." --Joan Naviyuk Kane, author of Milk Black Carbon

"Dazed with grief, a young woman pours out her heart to a beloved friend who committed suicide, in a stream of consciousness that scatters the page with the ashes of home, popular songs, horrific news items, movie plots, pets, vermin, and exes old and new. In this pitch-perfect performance of actress Romina Paula's novel of a chilly autumn homecoming in Patagonia, Jennifer Croft conjures a millennial voice that is raw and utterly real." --Esther Allen, coeditor of In Translation