The Infatuations, by Javier Marias.

MariasThe thing that strikes me about this book– more so that the story and the ideas, though those are amazing too– is the work of translation (Spanish to English) it represents (kudos to Margaret Jull Costa!).  She (our translator… we have to give her credit for getting us to the story– like a narrator in a way) not only tells us the story but uses vocabulary that is stop-in-awe-and-ponder-ific.

The story involves “the perfect couple” that Maria enjoys seeing every morning at the cafe where the three have breakfast together separately.  Their warm, loving, relationship helps Maria get through her challenging work day.


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