The editors write: “George March’s latest novel is a huge success and no one could be prouder than his wife. Devoted to rules and appearances, Mrs. March leads a pedantic and privileged existence in the good world of New York, until one morning when the patron of her favorite patisserie suggests that the protagonist of the novel written by her husband – an obnoxious character named Johanna – is inspired by the lady herself March. Shocked and humiliated, Mrs. March, who doesn’t know any better because she hasn’t read the book, abandons her order and rushes out of the store. But things don’t stop there. Starting from a newspaper clipping she finds in George’s office, Mrs. March is convinced that her husband has committed a crime. As the narrative leads us, step by step, through Mrs. March’s delirium and psychoses, its implications branch out and penetrate the most sensitive and intimate areas of life. The public image takes the place of the person’s true identity. The scenarios that develop independently in our imagination become reality. In her debut novel, Virginia Feito manages to compress a multitude of ideas and emotions into an alert and tense narrative.”
Mrs March asks herself countless questions: did she serve as the model for the much hated character (a whore no one wants to sleep with) in her husband’s last novel? Does she know her husband well enough to say that it would be impossible for him to do such a thing? Wasn’t she blinded all the years she was with him? The fact that he is passionate about the strange disappearance of a young woman is simple documentary work of a novelist or is he hiding something else? She is baffled by the flattering articles in the press, praising the character she supposedly inspired, “not smart enough to be a demon, not chic enough to distract from her many physical imperfections, but deliciously repugnant , in a hundred disgusting little ways.”
With the portrait of this woman around whom the world is collapsing, Virginia Feito manages a novel of extreme tension.
“The book captivated me so much that I wanted to adapt it and play the character of Mrs March,” said actress Elsabeth Moss. He is a fascinating, comprehensive, deeply human character.” Elisabeth Moss will star in a new psychological thriller produced by Blumhouse. Among the film’s executive producers are Moss and Lindsey McManus through their production company Love and Squalor Pictures, along with Carla Hacken, Bea Sequeira and Jason Blum.
A faceless woman – it could be anyone -, practically nameless (she’s called Mrs March even in flashbacks), who gradually slips into paranoia, and the reader witnesses her downfall and her increasingly bad decisions.
“Essential reading in the age of social media… An exceptional debut novel… an excellent contribution to feminist-influenced horror literature… Mrs. March’s unsettling paranoia, the belief that everyone is judging her, the terrifying prospect that she is not seen as she is , but as she was portrayed by someone else – all this constitutes the usual nightmare of a person desperate for a certain status in the gallery of mirrors in social media…” -The Guardian
“A perverse, superb thriller… A bit of Hitchcock, a bit of Patricia Highsmith… There is an uneasiness in this book, an agonizing fear that sets in from the beginning and from which you cannot escape. And you don’t even want to escape between perfectly polished phrases and strange psychological incursions.” Vox
Virginia Feito is a 34-year-old Spanish writer, and the novel highlighted today is her debut book.
Virginia Feito – At the limit. English translation and notes by Iolanda Prodan. Litera publishing house, Buzz books collection. 319 pages
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