The Wonders

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Through the rich inner lives of two ordinary women, award-winning Spanish poet Elena Medel brings a half-century of the feminist movement to life, revealing the simmering truth that money is ultimately the limiting factor in most women’s lives. 

Maria’s daughter was born in 1969. Despite the neighbors' gossip, Maria left her child behind and moved to Madrid—the jobs were in the capital, and she could bring her daughter with her when she’d saved up enough money. But she worked as a housekeeper, then a caregiver, later a cleaner, and somehow she was always taking care of someone else. Then she started going to the neighborhood association, where they discussed ideas, how to make their community better, cleaner, more like the nice neighborhoods downtown. It was thrilling, even if she let her boyfriend, Pedro—was boyfriend the right word?—speak for her, at least at first. 

Two generations later, in 2018, Alicia was working at the snack shop in the Atocha train station when it overflowed with protestors and strikers. All of them women—protesting what, Alicia wasn’t entirely sure. She couldn't have known Maria was among them. She was on the clock. And later, she’d be looking for something else, someone else, to take her away for a few hours, make her forget. Anyone but her husband, with his pleas to go on bike rides together, to have children, to act like the other thirty-something couples they knew. 

With grit, texture, and mesmerizing prose, this deeply political novel takes readers from the south of Spain to the capital and back again, from the late-Franco era through the 2008 crash to the 2018 Women’s March, following the ebb and flow of one family's attempts to build a better life, generation after generation. The Wonders launches an inimitable new voice in fiction, whose lyrical sensibility reveals her roots as a poet, but whose fast-paced and expansive storytelling shows she's a novelist ahead of her time.