How to Order the Universe

María José Ferrada (Author) Elizabeth Bryer (Translator)
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Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
Tin House Books
Publish Date
February 16, 2021
Pages
180
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781951142308

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About the Author

María José Ferrada's children's books have been published all over the world. How to Order the Universe has been or is being translated into Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, and German, and is also being published all over the Spanish-speaking world. Ferrada has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the City of Orihuela de Poesía, Premio Hispanoamericano de Poesía para Ninos, the Academia Award for the best book published in Chile, and the Santiago Municipal Literature Award, and is a three-time winner of the Chilean Ministry of Culture Award. She lives in Santiago, Chile.
Elizabeth Bryer is a translator and writer from Australia. Her translations include Claudia Salazar Jiménez's Americas Prize-winning Blood of the Dawn; Aleksandra Lun's The Palimpsests, for which she was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant; and José Luis de Juan's Napoleon's Beekeeper. Her debut novel, From Here On, Monsters, is out now through Picador.

Reviews

This quick and quirky book is as charming as it is unsettling, as appealing as it is wise.--Kirkus, Starred Review
A moving tribute to childhood, Ferrada's novel is an enthralling tale of resilience, deception, and trauma during a dark time in Chile's history.--Publishers Weekly
Complex in its simplicity, and full of life and mystery.--Frances de Pontes Peebles, author of The Air You Breathe
A debut as haunting as it is charming, a study in contrast between the simplicity of childhood and the heaviness of adulthood. Readers will fly through this slim novel, which is perfect for discussion.--Booklist
How to Order the Universe is a dreamscape of a book. In an assured and striking voice, María José Ferrada tells the story of M, a girl who skips school to join her traveling salesman father on the road. Along the way, M witnesses tragedy, desire, secrecy, and grief as she finds her own truths and learns to separate her father's disappointments from her own. I adored this compelling, wise, and utterly unique coming-of-age tale.--Tara Conklin, author of The Last Romantics