An elderly Spanish man and a young Dutch woman sit together on a flight from Barcelona and get acquainted with each other. When the man dies during landing, the woman impulsively takes the small box that the man was planning to give to his son. Alternately, through "Her" and "Him" chapters we learn the stories of the two passengers. From him, we hear the tale of his lifetime love story with his Dutch wife, their life together in the Netherlands and then in Spain, her illness, and death. With her, we unravel the mystery of an accident that left her orphaned and led to her adoption by a young couple. The woman is searching for a connection to her past and her encounter with the man's son will unveil further details of lives touched by an extraordinary coincidence.
Laia Fabregas (Barcelona, 1973) has a degree in Fine Arts from the Universitat de Barcelona. She has published three novels that have been translated to several languages. Since February 2012, she has taught creative writing at the Laboratori de Lletres writing school in Barcelona.Samantha Schnee is the founding editor of Words Without Borders and currently edits In Other Words, the biannual journal of the British Centre for Literary Translation and Writers' Centre Norwich. She is also a trustee of English PEN. Her translation of Mexican author Carmen Boullosa's Texas: The Great Theft was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award, short-listed for the PEN America Translation Prize, and won the Typographical Era Translation Award.
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