This powerful set of short stories by an Argentinian writer deserves the hype it seems to be getting. These are original works that pull you (at least if you are an American reader) into a world that is like ours only on the surface. Beneath it lie the local traditions and superstitions that form the core of some of these stories. Even when the story seems to deal with more mundane male-female difficulties, Ms. Enriquez writes in a voice that leaves us wondering if the story may veer off into horror–or worse. Perhaps the best story in the book, “Adela’s House”, is definitely a horror story, but its grounding in reality, as told through a childhood experience, makes it much more effective and harder to forget. There are lots of other discoveries to make in these twelve stories. None are weak. Some are superb. I highly recommend it.