Decades after her son and his pregnant wife are kidnapped and killed during the Dirty War in Argentina, Beatriz is given a lead on the whereabouts of her grandson after a long and desperate search. Ciao, Suerte follows the sudden and tense reunion of Miguel, adopted by wealthy Patagonians as a baby, with his only remaining biological family: Beatriz and her estranged husband Giancarlo.
Set in Madrid as Miguel is living out his late teenage years alongside his adoptive brother and girlfriend Inés, the novella interweaves each narrative with that of Eduardo, the lieutenant who brokered Miguel’s illicit adoption. Detailed in immersive, riveting prose reminiscent of Edward P. Jones and Alice Munro, Annie McGreevy’s debut novella is an intense examination of the spectrum of love—romantic, familial, national and imaginary—and how it simultaneously sustains and disappoints.
“The first thing one notices – admires, envies, covets – about this novella is its audacious movement. Stretching back to Argentina’s grim past, reaching forward to our own imperiled future, and pausing in the present for moments of stunning insight and precision, Ciao, Suerte assembles a mosaic of converging lives, each, in Annie McGreevy’s perfect phrase, “full of losses, some mundane, some extraordinary.” Heartbreaking and taciturn sentences spirit the reader from South America to Europe and back again, enumerating along the way the perils of family, country, terror, and love. This is the best book I’ve read in ages!”
–Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn
“Ciao, Suerte is so gracefully told, so nimble, so ambitious and yet so effortless, that it’s hard to believe it’s a debut. Annie McGreevy has written a fierce and beautiful book about identity, family, grief, politics, secrets, and love. It’s profound and it sparkles. I loved it.”
–Edan Lepucki, author of California
“Annie McGreevy’s novella beautifully collapses the presumed distinction between the personal and the political, the public and the private. The story unfolds with…immediacy. What emerges is a powerful, far-reaching story of tragic historical dimensions that touches on both the mutability of identity and the stubborn intransigency of blood ties. It is history given the flesh and bone of lived experience.”
–Kermit Moyer, author of Tumbling