The body and desire are the focus of this powerful collection of short stories by award-winning writer Mónica Lavín translated from Spanish by Dorothy Potter Snyder. A maid falls in love with a couple who frequent a love hotel; a woman is surprised when reality intrudes on her online romance; a wife and mother exchanges her family for life with a homeless man; and food becomes the vocabulary of love at an upscale hotel. In these and other stories, gender and class borders blur as desire draws Lavín’s characters into unexpected encounters with their senses — and with themselves — in this, the first book available in English by one of Mexico’s most important contemporary writers. (Katakana Editores 2021).