A literary sensation in Mexico, Empty Houses is an explosive debut novel about maternal desire, pain and abduction that asks: is motherhood the greatest crime of all?
Empty Houses takes place in the aftermath of a child’s disappearance. In the days that follow, his mother is distraught. She is tormented by his absence but also by her own ambivalence: did she even want him in the first place?
In a working-class neighbourhood on the other side of Mexico City another woman protects her stolen child. As the novel switches between the voices of these women, Empty Houses explores the desires, regrets and social pressures of motherhood – from the mother who lost her child to the new mother who risked everything to take him.
‘One of the best-kept secrets of Mexican literature.’ – Fernanda Melchor, author of International Booker-Prize shortlisted Hurricane Season
‘A meticulous study of pain written by an author who knows that behind all affection lies hidden danger.’ – Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World