The Last Night I Spent with You (Hardcover)

By Mayra Montero, Edith Grossman (Translator)

HarperCollins, 9780060952907, 128pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2000



Celia and Fernando, a long-married couple suddenly childless after their only daughter marries, embark on a cruise to the islands of the Caribbean to revitalize their sagging marriage. With the complicity of another passenger, the mysterious Julieta, the couple loses themselves and their inhibitions as they turn to others to fulfill their fantasies of passion and destruction. Through a series of adventures, Celia and Fernando bring themselves to the brink of ecstasy and self-annihilation. Juxtaposed with their story is a series of lyrical love letters to "Angela" from "Abel", two lovers with a secret of their own, their passion explored but not explained until the very end, when their fate mirrors that of Celia and Fernando. The Last Night I Spent With You confronts the mysteries of death and desire with subtlety, dark humor, and elegant prose.