Regreso a París
(Return to Paris)
Duomo Ediciones, May 2021
Upmarket women’s fiction
The intertwined fates of three strong women. A family saga about unspeakable secrets and the power of the past.
1960s’ Spain. Maite, also known as “the Enchantress” because of her divining skills, is a young Barcelona aristocrat who decides to break away from the conventions of Franco’s era and embark on a new life in Paris. There, she meets an inspector who involves her in working with the French police as a psychic, to solve missing persons cases.
Years later, Teresa returns to Paris to bury her mother Maite, certain that her childhood and youth there are a closed chapter. But as soon as she arrives, with her daughter Lucia, a little girl with an extraordinary sensitivity that allows her to communicate with her dead grandmother, familiar shadows reappear that she had thought buried. In Paris, she tries to find the words to convey her family’s silences and secrets, the intertwined fates of three women who share a past as only daughters, with absent fathers, forced escapes and a search for freedom.
Duomo Ediciones, May 2021
“It’s simply a great novel. Jacinta Cremades manages to probe the psychology of three women and three generations, developing the action in a literary structure that bears in mind the demands of a contemporary novel.”
Luis María Anson, El Cultural
“A fascinating novel about the search for identity, family and memory. Magical and entrancing.”
Javier Moro, winner of the 2011 Premio Planeta
“A book narrated with a skill seldom found in a debut novel. A powerful, original voice, I loved it.”
Carmen Posadas, Uruguayan writer translated into 21 languages
“Three female voices follow one another through time and blend into the same existential melody which Jacinta Cremades imbues with intelligence, depth and narrative fluidity.”
Jesús Ferrer, winner of the 2009 Premio Anagrama
“A story fuelled by the heritage of great Latin-American storytellers like Isabel Allende and Cortázar, who inspire her strategy of including magical elements.”
Pilar Castro, El Cultural
Jacinta Cremades was born in Barcelona, but spent her childhood in France. A great lover of books, she did a PhD in literature and taught Spanish and literature courses. Since childhood, she has travelled the world, following her mother’s painting exhibitions, developing special artistic sensitivity. She has worked as a literary critic for El Cultural, El Imparcial, Le Magazine Littéraire, El Mercurio and Le Monde. She currently lives in Madrid and Ritorno a Parigi (2021) is her first novel.