In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcon stands over an open grave. Alone, except for harried undertakers, she buries her mother, the only family Adelaida has ever known. Numb with grief, Adelaida returns to the apartment they shared. She tapes the window shut every night, to prevent the tear gas raining down on protesters in the streets from seeping in. When looters masquerading as revolutionaries take over her apartment, Adelaida resists and is beaten up. It is the beginning of a fight for survival in a country that has disintegrated into violence and anarchy, where citizens are increasingly pitted against each other. But as fate would have it, Adelaida is given a gruesome choice that could secure her escape. Filled with riveting twists and turns, and told in a powerful, urgent voice, the novel is a chilling reminder of how quickly the world can crumble.
Mothers -- Death -- Fiction.
Revolutionaries -- Venezuela -- Caracas -- Fiction.