Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera is a journalist and novelist based in Madrid, Spain. She is Comment Editor of the Spanish economics and business daily newspaper Cinco Dias. The Awakening of Miss Prim is her first novel.
Prudencia Prim is a young woman of intelligence and achievement, with a deep knowledge of literature and several letters after her name. But when she accepts the post of private librarian in the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, she is unprepared for what she encounters there. Her employer, a book-loving intellectual, is dashing yet contrarian, always ready with a critique of her cherished Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott. The neighbours, too, are capable of charm and eccentricity in equal measure, determined as they are to preserve their singular little community from the modern world outside. Soon, Prudencia is forced to question what she thought were the certaiinties she had built her life upon.
We talked to Natalia about the role Pride and Prejudice and other literature plays in her book, why there is a grain of truth in one of her character's assertions that women writers spend too much time looking at themselves, and the parallels between eating and reading.
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