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Authors: Ave Barrera (Author), Robin Myers (Translator), Ellen Jones (Translator)
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Charco Press (July 26, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 173 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1913867153
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1913867157
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches


A failing artist turned forger, an architectural masterpiece hidden behind high walls, an impish vagabond, and some very resourceful, very intimidating twins―Forgery pays homage to greats like Juan Rulfo and Luis Barragán, traversing late 20th Century Guadalajara with the exuberance and eccentricity of an 18th Century picaresque.



"Ave Barrera eases us into this microcosmos as strange and shocking as it is true, constructing powerful atmospheres imbued with very varied sensations, ranging from dreamlike hallucinations to terror, horror and beauty." ―El País

"We must pay serious attention to the work of Ave Barrera."" ―Cristina Rivera Garza, author of NO ONE WILL SEE ME CRY

"The plot flows in an intelligent and audacious way: It surprises by the simplicity and malice in which complex technical aspects are solved."" ―Geney Beltrán Félix

"A wild ride for protagonist and reader alike." ―Kirkus

"A fun and entertaining story of a great literary quality." ―Milenio

"Delightfully written, full of revelations … Such a literary discovery." ―Radio 3 (RTVE)

About the Author

Ave Barrera (Guadalajara, México, 1980) holds a Bachelor in Hispanic Literature at University of Guadalajara and for several years she was editor in Oaxaca, México. Ave has been awarded fellowships from the Fundación Carolina for a training course on publishing at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Young Creators Grant for Novel (2010 and 2014) from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). Ave has worked as copywriter for e-media and once as a ghostwriter. She also writes short stories and just published the illustrated children book Una noche en el laberinto (A Night in a Labyrinth, Edebé 2014). She was recipient of the Sergio Galindo Award from the Veracruz University with her first novel Puertas demasiado pequeñas (A Door Too Small). She currently lives in México City and is writing a new novel:_ Tratado de la vida marina_ (A Treatise of Marine Life) with the support of FONCA. Her latest novel was published in 2019 in Mexico and Spain under the title Restauración (Restoration).

Robin Myers is a New York-born, Mexico City-based poet and translator. Her translations have appeared or are forthcoming from the_ Kenyon Review_, the_ Harvard Review_, Two LinesThe OffingWaxwingBeloit Poetry JournalAsymptote, the Los Angeles Review of BooksTupelo Quarterly, and Inventory. In 2009, she was named a fellow of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA); in 2014, she was awarded a residency at the Banff Literary Translation Centre (BILTC); and in 2017, and she was selected to participate in the feminist translation colloquium A-Fest. Recent book-length translations include Lyric Poetry Is Dead by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg (Cardboard House Press), Animals at the End of the World by Gloria Susana Esquivel (University of Texas Press), an_d Cars on Fire _by Mónica Ramón Ríos (Open Letter Books).

Ellen Jones is a writer, editor, and literary translator from Spanish. Her recent and forthcoming translations include Cubanthropy by Iván de la Nuez (Seven Stories Press, 2023), The Forgery by Ave Barrera (Charco Press, 2022, co-translated with Robin Myers), and Nancy by Bruno Lloret (Two Lines Press, 2021). Her monograph, _Literature in Motion: Translating Multilingualism Across the Americas _is published by Columbia University Press (2022).