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An intoxicating literary ghost story told through the eyes of a young woman returning to her former homeland of Colombia to seek redemption for a past she can't entirely remember.

Twenty-eight year old Lina has come home to the country of her childhood. Sent away from Colombia to England after her mother's death twenty years before, she's searching for a connection to
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Doubleday Books (first published May 5th 2020)
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    Release date: May 12, 2020

    A wildly original blend of social horror and razor sharp satire, The Anthill is a searing exploration of privilege, racism, and

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    Having left Colombia for the UK at the age of eight, Maria Carolina (Lina) returns to Medellín after a 20-year absence. She reconnects with her childhood best friend, Mattías, and begins volunteering at his children's refuge, The Anthill. There's an instant momentum to the narrative it's so swift, you feel like you're running to catch up; there are unsettling undercurrents, and it always seems like there's something just beyond the edge of the frame. This rhythm effectively imitates Lina's ...more
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    Nicky Neko
    Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy of this book, and what an incredibly moving and fantastic book it is. Set in Medellín in Colombia, it follows the story of Lina (half British, half Colombian), who left the city at the age of 8 for England, and is returning twenty years later to reconnect with her childhood friend/adopted brother she left behind. Her friend, Matty, now runs a voluntary after-school clubhouse in the barrio called the Anthill where Lina goes to volunteer.

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    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.
    Cat Chapman
    Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    The Anthill is hard to put down, from the moment Lina arrives in the city she thought she remembered, to the very end. It's a vivid written portrait of Medellín, and a story just how much childhood memories, however distant and obscured, play a significant role in adult life, and how secrets thought forgotten lurk just below the surface.

    (If you'd like to be shady, give this book to your 'volun-tourism' friend who just can't wait to go on their next mission trip to [insert country here]. Some
    Rebecca Oberholtzer
    Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Received this book free in a goodreads giveaway. Giving it 2 stars because I was able to finish it. Story line was very hard to follow, I didnt enjoy it. ...more
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
    The Anthill is raw; raw anger, raw hurt, raw want of being understood of being seen.

    Unfortunately, the story telling here was sloppy, which perhaps was intentional, for life is sloppy, filled with loose ends, and unexplained happenings, and glimpses of understanding before once again being plunged into darkness.

    It hurts my heart so say that I cannot think of a single person that I would recommend The Anthill to. It felt more like a writing exercise as part of anger therapy than a novel to be
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    Julianne Pachico was born in 1985 in Cambridge, England. She grew up in Cali, Colombia, where her parents worked in international development as agricultural social scientists.

    In 2004 she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she completed her B.A. at Reed College in Comparative Literature. In 2012 she returned to England in order to complete her M.A. in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia

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