Say Her Name, By Francisco Goldman


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Goldman's novel is based on his wife's death after a surfing accident. He lost Aura Estrada just four years after having found the love of his life, shortly after her 30th birthday.

In an attempt to make sense of a senseless tragedy, his central character casts back to their first meeting, the ardour of their passion and the injustice of losing her (not just his own but also her mother's rancour).

It is partly a life story about the departed and partly a story about the ones left behind. Blurring lines between fiction and memoir, every emotion resonates with authenticity through its exhilarating, devastating and reflective turns.