The Winterlings

by Cristina Sánchez-Andrade


Fiction from Restless Books
Translated from Spanish

Galicia, Spain’s northwest region, in the 1950s. After a childhood in exile, two sisters return to their grandfather’s cottage for the first time since his shocking murder during the civil war. Enchanting as a spell, The Winterlings blends Spanish oral tradition, Latin American magic realism, and the American gothic fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Shirley Jackson into an intoxicating story of romance, violent history, and the mysterious forces that move us.

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  • Dimensions: 5-1/2” X 8-1/5”
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • ISBN: 9781632061096
  • Publisher: Restless Books

“The Winterlings” try to keep their dark secrets buried and carve out a peaceful existence in Tierra de Chá, an idyllic village host to a cast of grotesque but charming characters: a powerful psychic, a madman who believes he is a bus, a woman who refuses to die and the obese priest who heaves up a steep hill each day to give her last rites, a cross-dressing dentist who plants the teeth of the deceased in his patients’ mouths.

Tension mounts when the sisters, once united by their passion for Hollywood cinema, compete for the chance to stand in for Ava Gardner in the nearby filming of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. Meanwhile, a mutual suspicion develops between the mysterious sisters and the eccentric villagers: Why have the women returned, and what are they hiding? What perverse business arrangement did the townspeople make with their grandfather, and why won’t they speak of his death?

Sánchez-Andrade’s language is vastly rich in this memorable narration and flawless, unusual novel.

Translated from Spanish by Samuel Rutter


“Remember this name: Cristina Sánchez-Andrade. She is, without question, one of the most powerful female voices Spanish literature has produced.”

La Razón

The Winterlings possesses an elegant, clear and direct prose that smoothly grabs the reader’s sensitivity, one that also manages to be blunt and acid…. A marvelous narrator and writer.”

Qué Leer

“The author reveals a narrative ability very rare to find…. A perfectly well balanced mixture of tenderness and ferocity…. Everything is narrated with extreme sensitivity, with a surprising style, at the crossroads between lyricism, pure narrative and humour.”

El Cultural

“Cristina Sánchez-Andrade offers us a delightful story with traces of the great classics of Spanish literature, skillfully combining fiction and historical facts (…). The rationing of intrigue is excellent, enriched by a subtle and witty sense of humour. The Winter Women become two characters both perverse and intimate that will stay with the reader long after they finish reading.”

El Boomerang

“Even though it may seem so, this is not a novel about the Civil War. Nor is it a historical novel, nor a female novel. It’s a book that is both beautiful and explosive, in which Sánchez-Andrade recovers not only the themes already found in her previous novels but also widens and deepens her very own voice. Praised by critics… she delves into the issues of identity and the right to become a duplicate of one’s deepest desire.”

    —Vóz Populi

“The most beautiful book I’ve ever read…. While I was reading it… a feeling of unrivalled beauty got me. Now, three weeks after finishing the novel, The Winterlings is still in my heart.”


“Something radically new in Spanish literature, original and unusual.”

—Manuel Rivas

“A genuine Galician Macondo.”

Nove Noites

The Winterlings is possibly one of the best books I’ve ever read.”


“It’s the language, the style, the characters and the descriptions that make The Winterlings shine in the Spanish literary landscape.”

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