Woodworm (Hardcover)

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By Layla Martinez, Sophie Hughes (Translator), Annie McDermott (Translator)

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This strange, sad, surprising, horror novel from Layla Martinez is my favorite book of the year so far. Such a unique voice. This is Horror with a backbone, Horror with a smile; that this is a debut novel is incredible. Layla Martinez writes with an authenticity and authority that feels timeless. Set in the time of the Spanish Civil War, up until the modern day, it tells the story of three generations of women, each dealing with their own monsters and manias as they try to seek justice in an unjust world. Insectile angels, a carnivorous haunted house, and lots of weirdness, this book was awesome.   —Stefen

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“Martínez bends a haunting to her will. Woodworm is an offbeat tale about intergenerational trauma, classism, and the measures we take to grasp at anything resembling justice. I could taste its righteous malevolence; I savoured every word.”
— Lauren Abesames, Wind City Books, Casper, WY


The house breathes. The house contains bodies and secrets. The house is visited by ghosts, by angels that line the roof like insects, and by saints that burn the bedsheets with their haloes. It was built by a smalltime hustler as a means of controlling his wife, and even after so many years, their daughter and her granddaughter can't leave. They may be witches or they may just be angry, but when the mysterious disappearance of a young boy draws unwanted attention, the two isolated women, already subjects of public scorn, combine forces with the spirits that haunt them in pursuit of something that resembles justice.

In this lush translation by Sophie Hughes and Annie McDermott, Layla Martinez's eerie debut novel is class-conscious horror that drags generations of monsters into the sun. Described by Mariana Enriquez as "a house of women and shadows, built from poetry and revenge, " this vision of a broken family in our unjust world places power in the hands of the eccentric, the radical, and the desperate.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781949641592
ISBN-10: 1949641597
Publisher: Two Lines Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 144
Language: English