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Among Women (Entre as mulheres)

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Original Language: Portuguese (BR) | 256 pp. | 2007

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Rights sold to be published in 2013: Germany (Fischer), Spain (Siruela).

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LITERARY FICTION

Sixteen stories – each focusing on a female character and a neighborhood of Rio – are woven together to form a tapestry of the life of a great city, observed from the multiple viewpoints of its women inhabitants.

The characters range from Maria, 93, forced to cope with yet another armed robber in her home, to Jade, 6 years old, left in the care of her mother’s latest boyfriend for the day. Their neighborhoods cover the gamut of the city’s social extremes – from the luxury condominiums of Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca to the favelas of Rio’s peripheries. Each story captures a turning point or moment of truth in their lives: Renata, 34, a dentist’s receptionist who decides to take revenge for her husband’s infidelities; Helena, 16, who must choose between the thrill of a Romeo-and-Juliet- style romance with a drug dealer and the upper-middle-class existence into which she was born; Jamilly, 25, struggling to break free of her life as a prostitute; Rosana, 50, who faces the task of getting rid of a corpse on the day before her daughter’s wedding; or Mariellen, 24, waxing philosophical on the difficulties of being young and gay and poor.

Threading these strands, a shadowy masculine character, the DJ-cum-Casanova, Rafael, weaves in and out of their lives, often wreaking havoc as he goes along.