HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780061583629, 282pp.
Publication Date: August 2009
The internationally bestselling author pens a haunting psychological thriller involving cruelty, secrets, and murder at an exclusive private school .
Luisa, a renowned mystery writer, is beginning her new novel, a story of psychological suspense that centers on the suspicious death of a child at an elite private day school. The author has a close familiarity with her setting: her thirteen-year-old daughter, Elba, is about to begin her academic year at the same school that Luisa once attended, a school much like the one in the novel.
But as her work progresses, the line between art and life begins to blur. Deeply repressed anxieties bubble to the surface, and she worries not only for her daughter's well-being but also for her own. As her new novel unfolds, events on the page ring with a disturbing familiarity—a troubling symmetry that is compounded when Luisa runs into two former classmates whose children also attend the school. The unexpected meeting brings to light a gruesome event the three shared.
When Elba is implicated in the accidental death of a classmate, past and present, real life and fiction, become one. Convinced that her novel has set in motion an unspeakable horror, Luisa must find a way to stop it—before everything she loves is lost.
Cesar Aira (b. 1949) was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. He has published more than seventy books of fiction and essays.
Amanda Hopkinson is the director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, England.
“Carmen Posadas, a prize-winning author who lives in Madrid, plays with expectations about a child’s capacity for innocence and evil in her new novel.”
-New York Times
“Child’s Play is a book to be savored, a book to be read and read again with pleasure.”
“Child’s Play is a pungent brew of intellectual stimulation and deep thought about the rules that bind mystery writers and readers together, and why it is necessary to wrench them apart.”