The Dear Ones

Berta Dávila

Illustrated by Anna Pont

Translated by Jacob Rogers

3TimesRebel Press



ISBN: 9781739823689


Publication date: 22 June 2023

Rights: UK & Ireland



The Dear Ones is a book about a woman who, five years after giving birth, decides to have an abortion. A mother full of guilt, who does not fit into the imposed canon. It is a book in which the protagonist defends the freedom of choice: to continue to be herself and to be a mother at the same time. The idea of guilt in motherhood, the obligation to feel a certain way, the loneliness implicit in all processes that involve taking in emotions that are considered wrong or atavistic, and an enormous isolation that is invisible to others, hover over the pages of the book. Berta Dávila’s prose is transparent, simple and precise. But its skeleton is made up of a temporal braid in which a writer recalls the birth and the first months of her son’s life, just when, five years later, she has decided to have an abortion and not to have her second. She does this with a slimmed-down style and a direct structure, without any rhetorical flourishes. Everything is bones.

Berta Dávila

Berta Dávila (Santiago de Compostela, 1987) is a writer and poet. With O Derradeiro Libro de Emma Olsen (2013) she won the prize of the Galician Publishers’ Association for the best book of fiction. For Carrusel (2019) she received the Manuel García Barros Novel Prize and the Premio de la Crítica española de narrativa en lengua gallega, which she also won in the poetry category for his collection Raíz da Fenda (2013). Her novel Illa Decepción (2020) won the Repsol Short Story Prize. Os Seres Queridos, winner of the Xerais Novel Prize, is her latest book.

 Author portrait © Adela Davila