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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal, read by David DeSantos.

Lucas Pereyra, an unemployed writer in his 40s, embarks on a day trip from Buenos Aires to Montevideo to pick up 15,000 dollars in cash. An advance due to him on his upcoming novel, the small fortune might mean the solution to his problems, most importantly the unbearable tension he has with his wife. While she spends her days at work and her nights out on the town - with a lover, perhaps, he doesn’t know for sure - Lucas is stuck at home all day staring at the blank page, caring for his son, Maiko, and fantasizing about the one thing that keeps him going: the Uruguayan woman he met at a conference several months back and who he is longing to see on his day trip to Montevideo. 

The surprising, moving story of this incredibly impactful day in Lucas' life, The Woman from Uruguay is both a gripping narrative and tender, thought-provoking exploration of the nature of relationships. An international best seller published in 12 countries, it is the masterpiece of one of Latin America's most beloved writers.

©2021 Pedro Mairal (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"The Woman from Uruguay is at once a picaresque comedy and a penetrating study of a man on the verge of middle age who is trying to deal with fatherhood, money, marriage and love. Lucas's vivid presence in this book is created by his rich way of observing the world. As he travels from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, over seventeen hours, a whole world comes into being, a complex sensibility gets dramatized." (Colm Toibin)

"Beautifully written and translated, The Woman from Uruguay is a work of exquisite style, shrewd philosophical insight, and deftly controlled suspense. A searing tale of seduction and betrayal, both wryly comic and deeply serious." (Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend and What Are You Going Through)

"A tender meditation on desire and the fragility of the human heart, translated elegantly by Man Booker International winner Jennifer Croft...[a] profound novel." (Chicago Review of Books)

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