Umami

Umami

Author: Laia Jufresa

Translator: Sophie Hughes

Original language: Spanish

Published by: Oneworld Publications, July 2016

It started with a drowning.

Deep in the heart of Mexico City, where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious 12-year-old coming to terms with the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the rainy summer she decides to plant a vegetable garden in the courtyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbours in turn delve into their past as questions emerge – who was my wife? Why did my mum leave? Can I turn back the clock? And how could a girl who knew how to swim drown?