Paperback, 278 pages
Winner of the American Book Award
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Longing is an intense psychological novel focusing on a young woman's dependence on her husband and her attempts to forge an independent life for herself by escaping their unhealthy relationship. Rosa, a frail, sensitive American Jew living in Paris, marries an alcoholic expatriate from Chile and finds herself trapped in a sado-masochistic relationship. Amid a series of fast-moving events—the birth of their daughter, moves to her parents' home and then to Sausalito, California, and various sexual encounters—Espinosa explores Antonio's fears and failures and Rosa's implicit trust in him to direct her life. Ultimately, Rosa begins to question her relationship with her husband and her parents. Longing, admired in part for the aesthetics of its eroticism, was published in a Greek edition under the title Love Scriptures by Stathis Press.
A serious and interesting study in perceptual relatives. The focus is near obsessional: Is Rosa the victim or is Antonio?
— Penny Skillman, San Francisco Chronicle
Longing, an immensely moving and intelligent book, describes with great depth and compassion the process of individual evolution … the connection to our fellow creatures that we have been trying for ages to deny and at the same time longing for…
— Lynn Grave, FM Five
Longing is a work of exceptional courage, honesty, and originality which one finds seldom in the Western world—more often in Russian dissident literature. This makes the work a rare document on human relations in our society. It also makes the work automatically a kind of experimental writing of the Western samizdat type, which official literary bureaucracy will only recognize late, after prolonged battle.
— Nanos Valaoritis, Winner of Grand Greek Prize for Lifetime Work in Literature
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