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Mar Gómez Glez
Years Hard Earned

(La edad ganada)

Literary Fiction

  • Published: 19/02/2015
  • ISBN: 9788415451495
  • 160 pages

This story of a woman’s evolution from the age of two to her thirties is told in a hybrid of styles, somewhere between a novel and a book of stories. The plot is set in Madrid and New York in the decades around the change of millennium, and is told in a direct style with fantastical touches. The protagonist keeps coming up against the rules of a society she does not understand. But year after year she gains control and loses innocence. Her sexuality —particularly such problems as abuse and stalking— is a recurring theme. Family, love and freedom are other key subjects of this book, which manages to be simultaneously crude and delicate.

About the author

Mar Gómez Glez is the author of the children’s book Acebedario and the novel Cambio de sentido. Her work as a playwright has been recognized with the 2011 Calderón de la Barca Prize and the 2007 Beckett Prize. Her plays have been produced in Madrid, New York and Los Angeles. She works as a professor of Spanish language and literature at the University of Southern California.