A Week in October

May 4, 2021
A Week in October

“I have never been a disciplined person and I’ve spent years notknowing what I want and not living the way I want. Perhaps now thatthe date and time of my death had been revealed to me, I was readyto write. But how would I begin?”Clara Griffin, the beautiful wife of a successful Chileanarchitect, courageously confronts a life-threatening illness whilerecording her thoughts and experiences in her journal under theguise of a novel. What develops is a thinly veiled version ofClara’s own life, her disappoint with her marriage, herreminiscences of childhood, and the death that seems to surroundher. When her husband discovers the notebook, he is stunned: Howdoes she know that he had a mistress all these years? Is he reallysuch a fatuous bore? Could it be true that his sick wife had apassionate love affair with one of his colleagues, right under hisnose? Is this just a fictional story—he asks himself, turning thepages—or his wife’s very personal diary as she awaits death?A Week in October is the first of Elizabeth Subercaseaux’snovels to be translated into English. This tale of erotic tension,deception, and resilience walks the line of suspense from page oneto the unexpected, haunting ending that ponders the mysteries of awoman’s heart, where truth is a lie and a lie is truth.