It’s Weird that My Name is Federico (Qué raro que me llame Federico)

It’s Weird that My Name is Federico (Qué raro que me llame Federico)

Alfaguara, 2016
199 pages
Belén feels the profound desire of being a mother, and after several failed attempts to get pregnant, opts for the path of adoption.
This is the story of that decision and of the complex and brave process through which she builds her motherhood.

It is, too, the story of her son, Federico, a young photographer who, under the pretext of an artistic project, goes back to Colombia to track his origins and better understand who he is.

And it is the story of them both, of a mother and a son who, through their isolated searches, form a bond that proves to go beyond what is biological.

Certain, smart, owner of a worked sensibility, Yolanda Reyes exposes us to that frontier of love and foreignness that exists within us all. Luis García Montero

Yolanda Reyes shakes the stereotypes of mothers, sons, adoptions, poor and rich countries, and ventures within the mystery of what nobody can give or take away. A writing that goes straight to the core of pain, alternating with a skillful narrative the past of a woman and the future of a boyMaría Teresa Andruetto

A novel of vertiginous rhythm, with a plot that keeps us expectant and a story that pulls smiles from us but also crumples our heart. With a humor that is often ruthless, which saves her from sentimentalism, Yolanda Reyes digs through the wound of the problem with filiation, abandonment and one of the most transcendental decisions somebody can make: adopting a childPiedad Bonnett

A book with two truths, two pains, two voices and a vast territory for the reader himself. “Let the reader feel that between a woman who travels towards adoption and a boy who travels in search of his identity not everything has been said. The reader puts the rest”. Berna González Harbour, El País

Published by: Denmark Aurora Boreal