It is the day of Sylvia's 16th birthday and her life as an adult is about to begin - not with the party she had been planning, but with a car-crash. At the wheel is a talented young footballer, just arrived from Buenos Aires, and set for stardom on and off the pitch.As their destinies collide, elsewhere in the city Sylvie's father and grandfather are finding their own lives suddenly derailed by a violent murder and a secret affair. Set against the maze of Madrid's congested and contested streets, Learning to Lose follows four individuals as they swerve off course in unexpected directions.Each of them is dodging guilt and the fear of failure, but their shared search for happiness, love, purity, and - above all - a way to survive, forms a taut narrative web that binds the characters together, and holds the reader fast.
DAVID TRUEBA was born in Madrid in 1969 and has been successful both as a novelist and as a scriptwriter. La buena vida was his widely acclaimed debut as a film director and was followed by Obra Maestra, Soldados de Salamina, Bienvenido a casa and La silla de Fernando. He is the author of two previous novels, Open All Night (Abierto toda la noche) and Four Friends (Cuatro amigos).