Dogs of Summer

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Astra House
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5.1 X 7.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.53 pounds

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About the Author

Andrea Abreu was born in 1995 in Tenerife, Spain. In 2021, Granta named her one of the best Spanish writers under the age of 35. Dogs of Summer, her debut novel, will be translated into 16 languages and adapted for the screen by El Estudio.


Emotionally resonant . . . Abreu's exhilarating chronicle of a young friendship is not to be missed.
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

In playful language, Abreu beautifully evokes a land of 'light stored for so many thousands of years', and an era of telenovelas and the birth of the internet, in which Pokémon and Bratz dolls give way to sexual discovery.
--John Self, The Guardian

A caustic, claustrophobic story of disturbingly sexualised preadolescent children: bored, traumatised, blistering with a mix of envy, tenderness and viciousness . . . sensual and dirty, absurdist and tragic. Abreu's talent is thrilling to witness.
--Catherine Taylor, The Irish Times

Like the portrayals of girls in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, Abreu offers brave and unvarnished renderings of complicated female friendships, painful sexual awakenings (with an LGBTQ twist), and gritty dialects, but she is in a category by herself. Her prose is bold and direct, and her characterization of two similar but different girls on the cusp of adolescence is as vivid as anything being written today.
--June Sawyers, Booklist

Dogs of Summer is a perfect summer novel that follows two best friends as they come of age and their friendship begins to simmer with desire and violence. The writing is a crave inducing mix of bachata lyrics, Canary dialect, and the language of girlhood--gritty, wild, poetic--an exquisite feat by debut author Andrea Abreu and renowned translator Julia Sanches.
Pierce Alquist, Book Riot

Whip-smart. Angular. Dreamy yet lucid, and cathartically brutal.
--Brontez Purnell, author of 100 Boyfriends

"Bold, dazzling, hilarious. Andrea Abreu is a lively meteorite in the landscape of Hispanic literature."
--Fernanda Melchor, author of Hurricane Season

Andrea Abreu's characters, like her sentences, are bold and wild. Reminiscent of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's The Discomfort of Evening, Abreu's writing twirls and clacks with tactile precision, like winding a cassette tape with a No. 2 pencil. I'll return to Dogs of Summer whenever I crave a searing, brutal shot of life.
--Gabriella Burnham, author of It is Wood, It is Stone

This slim novel's scope and intensity are shockingly, magnificently large, and the sentences blast off the pages with all the sordidness and wonder of early adolescence. Readers will be unable to resist the spell of Dogs of Summer, a hilarious, devastating story that is brilliantly attuned to the erotics of friendship, the intoxicating muddle of identification and desire, and the power of both the sublime and the profane. The unforgettable girls at the center of Andrea Abreu's moving debut are two of the liveliest fictional creations I've come across in quite a long time.
--Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man

Dogs of Summer will thump through your heart and mind. A novel that consumes and sentences to die for.
--Amina Cain, author of Indelicacy

"Dogs of Summer is like the tide. A force of nature. It drags you. It submerges you. And, all of a sudden, it leaves you stranded on a rich and prophetic insular world of women and low, grey, clouds that merge with the sea. It is pure poetry. A book that carries you and makes you feel a place."
--Pilar Quintana, author of The Bitch