Permafrost’s no-bullshit lesbiannarrator is an uninhibited lover and a wickedly funny observer of modern life. Desperate to get out of Barcelona, she goes toBrussels, ‘because a city whose symbol is a little boy pissingwas a city I knew I would like’; as an au pair inScotland, she develops a hatred of the colour green. And everywhere she goes,she tries to break out of the roles set for her by family and society, chasingescape wherever it can be found: love affairs, travel, thoughts of suicide. Â Full of powerful, physical imagery, thisprize-winning debut novel by acclaimed Catalan poet Eva Baltasar was aword-of-mouth hit in its own language. It is a breathtakingly forthright callfor women’s freedom to embrace both pleasure and solitude, and speaks boldly ofthe body, of sex, and of the self.