How to order the universe : a novel

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Bryer, Beth, 1986- translator.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2021.
9781951142308, 1951142306
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First US edition.
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175 pages ; 20 cm


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Originally published in Spanish as 'Kramp'.
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Includes reader's guide (pages 173-175).
"A richly imaginative debut, detailing a girl and her father finding their way-and themselves-while they work as traveling hardware salesmen in Pinochet-era Chile, is a rare work of magic and originality. For seven-year-old M, the world is guided by a firm set of principles, based on her father D's life as a traveling salesman. Enchanted by her father's trade, M convinces him to take her along on his routes, selling hardware supplies amid the backdrop of Pinochet-era Chile. As she becomes part of a tight-knit community of fellow salesmen and grifters, M is regaled with parables and anecdotes that inform her "parallel education," D's excuse for letting her skip school without M's mother's knowledge. As father and daughter trek from town to town in their old Renault, M's memories and thoughts become tied to a language of rural commerce, philosophy, the cosmos, hardware products, and ghosts. M, in her innocence, barely notices the rising tensions and precarious nature of their work, until she and her father connect with an enigmatic photographer, E, whose presence threatens to upend the whimsical life they've created. María José Ferrada masterfully describes years that pass in seconds, and moments that stretch into life-altering events. At once nostalgic, dangerous, and full of wonder, How to Order the Universe captures a vanishing way of life and a father-daughter relationship on the brink of irreversible change"--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Ferrada, M. J., & Bryer, B. (2021). How to order the universe: a novel (First US edition.). Tin House.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Ferrada, María José, 1977- and Beth Bryer. 2021. How to Order the Universe: A Novel. Portland, Oregon: Tin House.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Ferrada, María José, 1977- and Beth Bryer. How to Order the Universe: A Novel Portland, Oregon: Tin House, 2021.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Ferrada, María José, and Beth Bryer. How to Order the Universe: A Novel First US edition., Tin House, 2021.

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